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Barrio Ballots is a breakthrough in comparative Latino politics addressing participation of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans. It merges survey research data from the Latino National Political Survey and results of the Latino Political Ethnography Project in the context of Latino political values, attitudes, and participation in five key barrios in the US during the 1990 elections. The authors have offered a significant contribution to the study of American politics, making available baselines by which to help explain why Latinos do not vote. The authors effectively refute the early misguided anthropological literature on Latino political behavior and offer valid descriptions of Latino electoral behavior heretofore unavailable. Barrio Ballots signals the end of taco politics. It suggests a need for new voter socialization strategies. Excellent overview, references, and index. Required reading for undergraduate and graduate political science departments, public officials, political candidates and consultants, community based organizations, and activists. A. A. Sisneros; Sangamon State University
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