Hispanics in the Labor Force

Issues and Policies

  • Edwin Melendez
  • Clara Rodriguez
  • Janis Barry Figueroa

Part of the Environment, Development and Public Policy book series (EDPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Hispanics in the Labor Force

    1. Edwin Melendez, Clara E. Rodriguez, Janis Barry Figueroa
      Pages 1-21
  3. Earnings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, Martin Carnoy, Hugh Daley
      Pages 25-52
    3. Clara E. Rodriguez
      Pages 77-98
  4. Segmentation and Industrial Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
  5. Government Employment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Cordelia Reimers, Howard Chernick
      Pages 135-157
  6. Women, Family, and Work

  7. Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Andres Torres, Clara E. Rodriguez
      Pages 247-263
    3. Rodolfo D. Torres, Adela de la Torre
      Pages 265-287
    4. Edwin Melendez, Clara E. Rodriguez, Janis Barry Figueroa
      Pages 289-299
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 301-310

About this book


The bright side of the 1980s, or the "Hispanic decade," as it was dubbed early on, may ironically turn out to be the detail and sophistication with which the economic and social reversals affecting most Latinos in this period have been tracked, with a fresh cohort of Latino scholars playing an increasingly prominent role in this endeavor. As this volume conveys, these analyses are steadily probing more deeply into the fine grain of the processes bearing on the social conditions of U. S. Latinos and particularly into the diversity of the experiences of the several Latino-origin nationalities until recently generally treated in the aggre­ gate as "Hispanics. " Though still fragmented and tentative in perspective, as are the disciplines on which they draw and the research apparatus on which they rest, the quest among these new voices for a unifying perspective also comes across in this collection of essays. There is manifestly more under way here than a simple demand for inclusion of neglected instances on the margin of supposedly well understood larger or "mainstream" dynamics. The 1990s open with a more confident assertion of the centrality of the Latino presence and Latino actors in the overarching transformations reshaping U. S. society, and especially in the playing out of these restructurings in the regions and cities of Latino concentra­ tion.


Diversity Nation Policy Transformation economy gender income inequality migration restructuring

Editors and affiliations

  • Edwin Melendez
    • 1
  • Clara Rodriguez
    • 2
  • Janis Barry Figueroa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Urban Studies and PlanningMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Division of the Social ScienceFordham University at Lincoln CenterNew YorkUSA

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