Democracy, Membership, and Belonging in Latino Communities
Latinos in the United States
Published by: Michigan State University Press
Imprint: Michigan State University Press
In Transforming Citizenship Raymond Rocco studies the “exclusionary inclusion” of Latinos based on racialization and how the processes behind this have shaped their marginalized citizenship status, offering a framework for explaining this dynamic. Contesting this status has been at the core of Latino politics for more than 150 years. Pursuing the goal of full, equal, and just inclusion in societal membership has long been a major part of the struggle to realize democratic normative principles. This illuminating research demonstrates the inherent limitations of the citizenship regime in the United States for incorporating Latinos as full societal members and offers an alternative conception, “associative citizenship,” that provides a way to account for and challenge the pattern of exclusionary belonging that has defined the positions of the Latinos in U.S. society. Through a critical engagement with key theorists such as Rawls, Habermas, Kymlicka, Walzer, Taylor, and Young, Rocco advances an original analysis of the politics of Latino societal membership and citizenship, arguing that the specific processes of racialization that have played a determinative role in creating and maintaining the pattern of social and political exclusions of Latinos have not been addressed by the dominant theories of diversity and citizenship developed in the prevalent literature in political theory.
In this important new book, Raymond Rocco explores with conceptual clarity and originality the meaning of Latino politics and multicultural citizenship. Rocco’s intervention revitalizes the study of Chicano/Latino politics as social critique. This is a timely contribution to political theory and citizenship studies—lucid, informed, and insightful.
—Rodolfo D. Torres, University of California, Irvine
- 2014 Latino Caucus of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Latino Politics Best Book Prize