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A Vibrant Latino Presence in Washington, DC

by Rose Ann M. Renterķa1

Latino migration into the Washington, DC area consists of several waves. For example, civil wars in Central American during the 1980s and 1990s pushed many Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Nicaraguans into the area. The Andean drought of the 1970-1980s prompted Peruvians and Bolivians to relocate, and revolutions in the Caribbean in the last 1950s and 1960s transported Cubans and Dominicans. Today, nearly 60% of Latino immigrants in the Washington, D.C. area identify themselves as Central Americans, and about 31 percent describe themselves as Salvadorans.2 Nonetheless, the Latino population remains quite diverse and the distribution of nationalities tends to vary from the rest of the nation (Table 1).

Growth of the Washington area Latino population remains an important issue. According to the U.S. Census, the Latino population in the Washington, DC-MD-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), has grown from 223, 067, according to the 1990 Census, to an estimated 330,544 Latinos in 1998, an increase of 48 percent (Table 2).3

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Robert Perrucci and JoAnn Miller, scholar-warriors of Purdue University, will assume editorial command of Contemporary Sociology at the turn of the real 21st century. In an era where mainstream media and conventional scholarship too often appear entranced by TINA (there is no alternative) and focused on "Muggles" (mass consumption drones oblivious to their circumscribed lives in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books), Bob and JoAnn stand a world apart. As seasoned sociological veterans, they bring to their CS editorship a battle-tested commitment to critical thought, scholarly diversity, and open inquiry. They also bring a keen appreciation of sociology's scholarly foundations and a deep commitment to encouraging new developments in the field.

Bob and JoAnn have impressive (and progressive) professional credentials. Bob's interests in work, social class, organizations, and political economy have led to 14 books, over 70 articles/book chapters, and dozens of papers. His most recent books include The New Class Society (1999, with Earl Wysong) and Science Under Siege? Interest Groups and the Science Wars (2000, with Lee Trachtman). JoAnn's focus on law, family violence, and social problems has led to four books, 29 articles/book chapters, and numerous papers.

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