Latino men and boys in the United States are confronted with a wide variety of hardships that are not easily explained or understood. They are populating prisons, dropping out of high school, and are becoming overrepresented in the service industry at alarming degrees. Young Latino men, especially, have among the lowest wages earned in the country, a rapidly growing rate of HIV/AIDS, and one of the highest mortality rates due to homicide. Although there has been growing interest in the status of men in American society, there is a glaring lack of research and scholarly work available on Latino men and boys.

This groundbreaking interdisciplinary volume, edited by renowned scholars Pedro Noguera, Aída Hurtado and Edward Fergus addresses the dearth of scholarship and information about Latino men and boys to further our understanding of the unique challenges and obstacles that they confront during this historical moment. The contributors represent a cross section of disciplines from health, criminal justice, education, literature, psychology, economics, labor, sociology and more. By drawing attention to the sweeping issues facing this segment of the population, this volume offers research and policy a set of principles and overarching guidelines for decreasing the invisibility and thus the disenfranchisement of Latino men and boys.

part |2 pages

PART 1 The State of Latino Males

chapter 3|16 pages

Adolescent Mexican American Males: No Increased Risk of Mental Health Problems

ByRobert E. Roberts, Catherine Ramsay Roberts

chapter 5|20 pages

Searching for Ideal Masculinity: Negotiating Day Labor Work and Life at the Margins

ByAbel Valenzuela, Jr. and Maria C. Olivares Pasillas

part |2 pages

PART 2 The Construction of Masculinity

chapter 7|14 pages

Taking Count of Gender and Legal Status Within Latino Media Policy

ByDolores Inés Casillas

chapter 10|14 pages

Undocumented Latino Youth: Strategies for Accessing Higher Education

ByHigher Education Daysi Diaz-Strong, Christina Gómez, María E. Luna-Duarte, and Erica R. Meiners

chapter 11|25 pages

Claiming Queer Cultural Citizenship: Gay Latino (Im)Migrant Acts in San Francisco

ByHoracio N. Roque Ramírez

part |2 pages

PART 3 Race, Gender, and Skin Color in Constructing Identification

part |2 pages

PART 4 Environmental Factors and Violence

chapter 16|10 pages

Street Socialization and the Psychosocial Moratorium

ByJames Diego Vigil

chapter 17|13 pages

Latino Male Violence in the United States

ByRamiro Martinez, Jr. and Jacob I. Stowell