A political-economic reassessment of New York's African American and Puerto Rican communities
Between Melting Pot and Mosaic
African American and Puerto Ricans in the New York Political Economy
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Probing the nature and causes of continuing poverty and inequality among New York City's two largest minoritiesAfrican Americans and Puerto RicansAndrés Torres explores their struggles for economic and political survival through phases of exclusion, insurgency, and backlash. From post-World War II New York through the global New York of the 1990s, Torres analyzes the groups' respective evolutions within U.S. history; their incorporation into the nation's and the city's economies; and their strategies for political action, socioeconomic mobility, and community infrastructure. His innovative examination illuminates the deeper sources for inequality in all urban cities in the United States.
"By challenging the conventional neglect of the role of African Americans and Puerto Ricans in the New York labor market, Torres sheds new light on the complex and sometimes troubled relationship between two native minority groups."
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Andrés Torres is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Labor Research at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.