Latinos in the United States : the sacred and the political /
David T. Abalos.
2nd ed.
Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c2007.
xxiv, 327 p.
0268020256 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780268020255 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c2007.
0268020256 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780268020255 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
David T. Abalos is professor of religious studies and sociology at Seton Hall University.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1987-09:
The concerns of Abalos (Seton Hall) are far wider than the title suggests, i.e., he addresses the basic social forces that affect all groups in all societies. He elaborates Manfred Halpern's transformation theory, and applies it to US Latinos but illustrates its much wider applicability. The theory has common elements with several modernization theories, but is distinctive in several ways. It makes no separation of values and empiricism, arguing that good theory contains both, and thus makes no apology for its clear value stance. Abalos argues that societies can and should move toward a way of life called transformation-a dynamic society based on both individual and collective goals of self-fulfillment. This is preceded by earlier stages of emanation (rule by unquestioned tradition) and incoherence (living for the maximization of power and material reward). A great strength of this book is its emphasis on understanding societal change through individual experiences of change and conflict. Many readers will see themselves in some of the examples. The challenge for US Latinos is to progress from a traditional Latino way of life of emanation toward transformation without becoming trapped in the way of life of incoherence (material accumulation) that the author sees as characteristic of Anglo-Saxon society. Using a blend of social theory, religious thought, and personal experience, Abalos discusses at some length ways in which this might occur. Appropriate for students of ethnic relations, social theory, social change, and religion. Upper-division undergraduate level and above.-J.E. Farley, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
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"Readers should see this historically situated text as personal ruminations and exhortations from an academic elder and mentor of East Coast Latino/a students-an impassioned plea to his young charges at that time not to forsake their unique identity, culture, religion, and spirituality for the seductive lure of capitalist materialism. Hopefully, today's young Latino/a college students will resonate with this still worthwhile message of self-empowerment and transformation." - Choice
"Abalos examines contemporary issues faced by Latinos in the US-family, politics in the community, education, mafle-female relations, and racism-from the perspective of the theory of transformation. Through this exploration the author offers readers-Latinos in particular-ways to become more whole people actively working to transform the nation into a more compassionate multicultural America." - Research Book News
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Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Foreword to the Original Editionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
A Theory of Transformationp. 9
The Search for Latina/Latino Identityp. 51
The Politics of the Latino Familyp. 79
The Politics of Transformation in the Latino Communityp. 106
Latinas/Latinos and the Sacredp. 136
The Politics of Liberation versus the Politics of Assimilationp. 185
Latina/Latino Professionals: A Transforming Middle Classp. 199
Choices for La Comunidad Latina: Creating the Present and the Future Nowp. 222
The Politics of Education: The Most Important Civil Rights Issue Facing La Comunidad Latinap. 256
Notesp. 291
Indexp. 315
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