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.

chapter 1|15 pages

Invisible No More

The Status and Experience of Latino Males from Multidisciplinary Perspectives

part I|81 pages

The State of Latino Males

chapter 2|22 pages

Social Mobility and the Complex Status of Latino Males

Education, Employment, and Incarceration Patterns from 2000–2009

chapter 3|16 pages

Adolescent Mexican American Males

No Increased Risk of Mental Health Problems 1

chapter 4|22 pages

Reducing Sexual and Reproductive Health Disparities Among Latino Men

Exploring Solutions in the Boundaries of Masculinity

chapter 5|19 pages

Searching for Ideal Masculinity

Negotiating Day Labor Work and Life at the Margins

part II|105 pages

The Construction of Masculinity

chapter 6|21 pages

“Where the Boys Are”

Macro and Micro Considerations for the Study of Young Latino Men's Educational Achievement

chapter 9|13 pages

Transforming Boys, Transforming Masculinity, Transforming Culture

Masculinity Anew in Latino and Latina Children's Literature

chapter 10|14 pages

Undocumented Latino Youth

Strategies for Accessing Higher Education

chapter 11|24 pages

Claiming Queer Cultural Citizenship

Gay Latino (Im)Migrant Acts in San Francisco 1

part III|71 pages

Race, Gender, and Skin Color in Constructing Identification

part IV|35 pages

Environmental Factors and Violence

chapter 18|10 pages

What We Have Learned

The Role of Public Policy in Promoting Macro- and Micro-levels of Intervention in Response to the Challenges Confronting Latino Men