‘Inventing Latinos’ by Laura Gómez

‘Inventing Latinos’ by Laura Gómez

Laura E. Gómez of UCLA Law has written a new book, Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism

Described as a “timely and groundbreaking argument that all Americans must grapple with Latinos’ dynamic racial identity,” the book offers readers a fascinating exploration of the Latino identity, and how that identity plays a part in a larger conversation about race in America.  

Professor Gómez teaches in the areas of race and the law, law and society, and her scholarship has focused on the intersection of law, politics and social stratification in both contemporary and historical contexts. 

From the publisher:  

Latinos have long influenced everything from electoral politics to popular culture, yet many people instinctively regard them as recent immigrants rather than a longstanding racial group. In Inventing Latinos, Laura Gómez, a leading expert on race, law, and society, illuminates the fascinating race-making, unmaking, and re-making of Latino identity that has spanned centuries, leaving a permanent imprint on how race operates in the United States today. 

Pulling back the lens as the country approaches an unprecedented demographic shift (Latinos will comprise a third of the American population in a matter of decades), Gómez also reveals the nefarious roles the United States has played in Latin America—from military interventions and economic exploitation to political interference—that, taken together, have destabilized national economies to send migrants northward over the course of more than a century. It’s no coincidence that the vast majority of Latinos migrate from the places most impacted by this nation’s dirty deeds, leading Gómez to a bold call for reparations. 

In this audacious effort to reframe the often-confused and misrepresented discourse over the Latinx generation, Gómez provides essential context for today’s most pressing political and public debates—representation, voice, interpretation, and power—giving all of us a brilliant framework to engage cultural controversies, elections, current events, and more. 

Learn more and pre-order here.

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