Latino Immigrants and the Transformation of the U.S. South by Mary OdemLatino Immigrants and the Transformation of the U.S. South by Mary Odem

Latino Immigrants and the Transformation of the U.S. South

EditorMary Odem, Elaine Lacy

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The Latino population in the South has more than doubled over the past decade. The mass migration of Latin Americans to the U.S. South has led to profound changes in the social, economic, and cultural life of the region and inaugurated a new era in southern history. This multidisciplinary collection of essays, written by U.S. and Mexican scholars, explores these transformations in rural, urban, and suburban areas of the South. Using a range of different methodologies and approaches, the contributors present in-depth analyses of how immigration from Mexico and Central and South America is changing the South and how immigrants are adapting to the southern context.

Among the book’s central themes are the social and economic impact of immigration, the resulting shifts in regional culture, new racial dynamics, immigrant incorporation and place-making, and diverse southern responses to Latino newcomers. Various chapters explore ethnic and racial tensions among poultry workers in rural Mississippi and forestry workers in Alabama; the ?Mexicanization? of the urban landscape in Dalton, Georgia; the costs and benefits of Latino labor in North Carolina; the challenges of living in transnational families; immigrant religious practice and community building in metropolitan Atlanta; and the creation of Latino spaces in rural and urban South Carolina and Georgia.

Mary E. Odem is an associate professor of history and women's studies at Emory University. She is the author of numerous publications on the subjects of women, gender, immigration, and ethnicity in U.S. history. Elaine Lacy is a professor of history and assistant to the executive vice chancellor at the University of South Carolina, Aik...
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Title:Latino Immigrants and the Transformation of the U.S. SouthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6.03 × 0.56 inPublished:April 15, 2009Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820332127

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix
Mary E. Odem and Elaine Lacy

One
Cultural Enclaves and Transnational Ties: Mexican Immigration and Settlement in South Carolina 1
Elaine Lacy

Two
New Scenarios of Migration: Social Vulnerability of Undocumented Veracruzanos in the Southern United States 18
Rosío Córdova Plaza

Three
The Dalton Story: Mexican Immigration and Social Transformation in the Carpet Capital of the World 34
Víctor Zúñiga and Rubén Hernández-León

Four
Globalization and Latin American Immigration in Alabama 51
Raymond A. Mohl

Five
Hispanic Newcomers to North Carolina: Demographic Characteristics and Economic Impact 70
James H. Johnson Jr. and John D. Kasarda

Six
Race, Migration, and Labor Control: Neoliberal Challenges to Organizing Mississippi's Poultry Workers 91
Angela C. Stuesse

Seven
Latino Immigrants and the Politics of Space in Atlanta 112
Mary E. Odem

Eight
New Americans in a New South City? Immigrant and Refugee Politics in Nashville, Tennessee 126
Jamie Winders

Nine
Popular Attitudes and Public Policies: Southern Responses to Latino Immigration 143
Elaine Lacy and Mary E. Odem


165 List of Contributors
169 Index

Editorial Reviews

Latino Immigrants and the Transformation of the U.S. South is an impressive book that addresses a contentious topic through a breadth of scholarly perspectives and sources. The use of in-depth ethnographies, focus groups, and interviews with undocumented workers adds a poignant and powerful component to some of the chapters. Other chapters examine states, like Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina, not traditionally associated with Latino undocumented workers. Even chapters that focus on traditional topics of interest, such as the economic impact of Latino immigrant workers, offer detailed and sophisticated analyses of how Latino immigrants have influenced the U.S. Southeast. - Journal of Southern History