“Finally, an ethnographically rich work documenting the Latinization of a Midwestern city. Vega challenges us to rethink notions of community and belonging in our increasingly ethnically and racially diverse society, and offers a much-needed corrective vision to counter many of our fictive and obsolete ideas about our contemporary Midwestern cities, and of the United States in general.”
—Arlene Davila, New York University
"Writing with grace and compassion, Sujey Vega shows how Latinos seek to belong to the heartland of America, even while suffering from daily hurts and insults that wound their souls. A book about the heartland that is utterly heartbreaking, Vega makes a passionate call for justice and the urgent need to rethink U.S. immigration policy on humanistic terms."
—Ruth Behar, author of Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in between Journeys
"Latino Heartland illuminates how community membership was determined yet simultaneously re-made by those struggling to widen the scope of who was imagined as a legitimate resident citizen of this Midwestern space."
—Law Professor Blogs Network, ImmigrationProf Blog
“[…] Vega notes in closing, Latinos in central Indiana, like all populations in all places and times, ‘created new networks, new tradition, and new ways of coping with the realities they faced.’ They are truly imaginative ones, and Vega rightly urges anthropologists (and good citizens) to pay more attention and respect to these fascinating and courageous acts.”
—Anthropology Review Database
“Vega has written a wide-ranging study of Latinos in Greater Lafayette, IN, that challenges the notion of Midwestern homogeneity and the novelty of Latino immigration to the region….[T]he interviews that form the core of Vega’s source base provide invaluable insight into the immigrant and non-white experience in the Midwest. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”
“Latino Heartland is an important read given the current atmosphere regarding the issue of immigration.”
“Overall, this is a fascinating work that offers a fresh perspective on a frequently overlooked community (Latinos) in a frequently overlooked place (the rural Midwest). It is indeed a wake-up call to those of us who have the privilege of forgetting.”
—Contemporary Rural Social Work
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