ERIC Number: ED334319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Puerto Ricans: Born in the U.S.A.
Rodriguez, Clara E.
This social history of the post-World War II Puerto Rican community in the United States focuses mainly on New York City. Each of the following chapters can be read separately: (1) "The Colonial Relationship: Migration and History" examines the factors leading to the migration of Puerto Ricans to the United States and their choice of communities; (2) "Beyond the Census Data: A Portrait of the Community" critically reviews standard statistical indicators used to portray the Puerto Rican community; (3) "The Rainbow People" examines both the absence of racially discriminatory attitudes among Puerto Ricans and racial discrimination against Puerto Ricans; (4) "The Political-Economic Context" examines the factors at work in New York City that have limited the economic opportunities of Puerto Ricans; (5) "Housing and the South Bronx" examines the connections between race and the decline of New York City's largest Puerto Rican neighborhood; (6) "Educational Dynamics" reviews the explanations often given for the low educational attainment of Hispanic American students and offers recommendations for improving the education of Puerto Ricans; and (7) "The Menudo Phenomenon: An Unwritten History" is a case study analysis of the impact of a popular folk-rock group that illustrates the Puerto Rican cultural context in contemporary New York. Statistical data are presented in 12 tables and 10 graphs. A 548-item bibliography and a discussion of the effects of tracking on Hispanic American students are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Migration Patterns, Modern History, Neighborhoods, Popular Culture, Puerto Rican Culture, Puerto Ricans, Racial Discrimination, Research Problems, Social Environment, Social History, Socioeconomic Influences, Urban Areas
Westview Press, Inc., 5500 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301 (Hard copy--ISBN-0-8133-1267-1, $48.00; Paperback--ISBN-0-8133-1268-X, $14.95).
Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Menudo; New York (Bronx); New York (New York)