ERIC Number: ED253605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Puerto Ricans in the Mid '80s: An American Challenge.
National Puerto Rican Coalition, Inc., Alexandria, VA.
Taken together, the contents of this document provide a picture of the Puerto Rican community, both on the mainland and on the island, in the mid-1980s. First, a brief overview of the Puerto Rican community is provided. Next, a demographic profile compares Puerto Ricans on the mainland with those on the island and both with the general U.S. population, in terms of: (1) general demographic data; (2) age; (3) educational data; (4) income; and (5) occupational status. Migration is also touched on, and a glossary of census terms and references is provided. The bulk of the document is devoted to three commissioned papers. The first of these, by Ramona Salgado, describes the structure and values of the Puerto Rican family and the types of services needed by the migrant family, and makes four specific recommendations for strengthening and reinforcing the family and its support systems. The second paper, by Jose Hernandez, addresses the absence among Puerto Rican youth of the power to be self-determining in social, economic, and political life. It suggests ways (and costs) of community empowerment, of improving the public schools, of recasting the Puerto Rican image, and of developing the community economically. A third paper, by Marta Tienda, ponders the current labor market status and future prospects of the Puerto Rican worker, examining the question of colonial status and Puerto Rican labor mobility, providing a socioeconomic profile, and making policy recommendations. The document concludes with a discussion of the future of the Puerto Rican community against the backdrop of the changes that have occurred in the U.S. in the 1980s. Tables, graphs, and bibliographies are featured in the document. (RDN)
Descriptors: Community Development, Demography, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Patterns, Ethnic Stereotypes, Family Attitudes, Family Characteristics, Low Income Groups, Minority Group Children, Puerto Ricans, Social Change, Socioeconomic Status
National Puerto Rican Coalition, Inc., 701 North Fairfax Street, Suite 310, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Puerto Rican Coalition, Inc., Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico; United States