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ERIC Number: EJ780904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 88
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
The Undereducation and Overcriminalization of U.S. Latinas/os: A Post-Los Angeles Riots LatCrit Analysis
Gonzalez, Juan Carlos; Portillos, Edwardo L.
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v42 n3 p247-266 Oct 2007
At 40.4 million strong (14% of the U.S. population; U.S. Bureau of the Census 2005), Latinas/os are the largest and fastest growing U.S. ethnic minority group. In the last 15 years, since the Los Angeles riots of 1992, Anglo perceptions that the Latina/o population is too large, growing too fast, and too illegal have both continued and perpetuated anti-Latina/o educational policy and criminal law that influence Latina/o perceptions of U.S. education, law, society, justice, and equity. The central question of the article is, "What have been the effects of the last 15 years of educational and criminal justice policy on present-day urban Latina/o injustice and inequality?" A Latino Critical Theory framework is used to interpret and understand the nexus of Anglo reaction (through educational policy and criminal law) to a perceived U.S. Latina/o-ization, and Latina/o counterreaction through resistance, agency, and protest. We focus on the ways in which education and criminal justice policies at the federal and state levels are related and have led to a barrio-ization of urban Latinas/os since the Los Angeles Riots. The article concludes with a discussion of implications for policy and practice aimed at improving of the Latina/o condition from its present "undereducated" and "overcriminalized" state. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001