Publisher description for Latino homicide : immigration, violence, and community / Ramiro Martinez, Jr.


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According to some politicians and much of the mainstream media, immigrant populations only contribute crime to their communities. Seen as unmotivated and unemployed, these immigrants are thought to be a threat to society's moral fiber, and a burden to its justice system.

Ramiro Martinez tells a very different story in Latino Homicide. Studying five major cities--Chicago, El Paso, Houston, Miami, and San Diego--Martinez reveals Latino homicide rates to be markedly lower than one would expect, given the economic deprivation of these urban areas. Far from dangerous or criminal, these communities often have exceptionally strong social networks precisely because of their shared immigrant experiences. With fascinating case studies drawn from police reports and actual cases, Latino Homicide refutes negative stereotypes in a coherent and critically rigorous analysis of the issues.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Homicide -- United States -- Case studies.
Latin Americans -- United States -- Case studies.
Hispanic Americans -- Case studies.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Case studies.