Aquí Estamos? A Survey of Latino Portrayal in Introductory U.S. Government and Politics Textbooks

PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 43:02. Pp. 309-316, 2010

8 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2014

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Jessica Lavariega Monforti

Pace University

Adam McGlynn

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: December 16, 2010

Abstract

The breadth of material covered in introductory U.S. government and politics survey courses creates a situation in which the textbooks used may serve as the primary source of information students receive about the country’s political system. At the same time, their content represents a conscious choice by the authors, editors, and publishers of these textbooks regarding what topics and content are necessary and worthy of publication, which socializes students to accept particular viewpoints of the formation and operation of the U.S. government. Oftentimes, the information presented in textbooks across subdisciplines ignores the political experiences and influence of racial, ethnic, and other minority groups.We test this premise by engaging in a study of 29 introductory U.S. government and politics textbooks to assess the level of coverage and treatment of Latinos/as, the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the country. We find that the discussion of Latinos in these textbooks is incredibly brief and often limited to the civil rights chapters. Furthermore, Latinos are primarily mentioned in the discussion of immigration, while their overall contributions to the political development of the United States are largely ignored.

Keywords: Hispanics, Latino/a, textbook

Suggested Citation

Lavariega Monforti, Jessica and McGlynn, Adam, Aquí Estamos? A Survey of Latino Portrayal in Introductory U.S. Government and Politics Textbooks (December 16, 2010). PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 43:02. Pp. 309-316, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2539373

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Adam McGlynn

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania ( email )

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East Stroudsburg, PA 18301-2999
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