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The Cultural Politics of U.S. Immigration: Gender, Race, and Media

Leah Perry


This book argues that 1980s immigration discourse in law and popular media was a crucial ingredient in the cohesion of the neoliberal idea of democracy. In the 1980s, amid increasing immigration from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia, the circle of who was considered American seemed to broaden, reflecting the democratic gains made by racial minorities and women. Although this expanded circle was increasingly visible in the daily lives of Americans through TV shows, films, and popular news media, these gains were circumscribed by the discourse that certain immigrants, for instance single a ... More

Keywords: immigration, immigrants, gender, race, ethnicity, media, popular culture, policy, neoliberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479828777
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479828777.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leah Perry, author
SUNY-Empire State College