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Latino HeartlandOf Borders and Belonging in the Midwest$
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Sujey Vega

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479864539

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479864539.001.0001

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The Politics of Belonging Wages On

The Politics of Belonging Wages On

How State-Based Legislation Affects Community in Indiana

(p.217) Conclusion The Politics of Belonging Wages On
Latino Heartland

Sujey Vega

NYU Press

This book has explored the impact of immigration politics on Lafayette's Latino residents and how their right to community was shaped by race, gender, class, and ethnicity. It has shown that despite their ethnic difference, Latinos still belonged to their community even if they were not always accepted. It has also examined how belonging can be layered upon one another across time in the same space and how past denials of belonging resonate in the present. The book concludes with a discussion of how rigid definitions of community continued to undermine state and local notions of belonging, the concept of community and its significance for how people relate to one another as a collective and see value in one another's presence, and the ways that politicians continue to build their careers on anti-immigration legislation. It also reflects on the resiliency of Latinos in Lafayette in the face of hostility and how it can inform other areas of the country that are facing their own politics of belonging.

Keywords:   immigration, Lafayette, community, race, gender, ethnicity, anti-immigration legislation, class, Latinos, belonging

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