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Latino Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 131–149 | Cite as

US Central Americans: Representations, agency and communities

  • Arturo Arias
  • Claudia Milian
Introduction

This special issue's analytic attention to US Central American populations brings about a dialogue with – and a reworking of – the locations and experiences framing the practices of the wide spectrum of Latino/a communities. This scholarly conversation and cultural interchange is of paramount importance, considering the continuous growth, visibility and significance of Central Americans in the US and Latino/a landscape. At present, Salvadorans are the sixth largest immigrant group. They are also the country's fourth largest Latino/a group. Central Americans, including indigenous populations, are burgeoning in “new” destination regions such as the Midwest and the South (Loucky and Moors, 2000; Fink, 2003; Tobar, 2006; Foxen, 2008). It cannot be disregarded that Central Americans are making and marking their presence. By now, some consider, in Ruben Castaneda'swords, “the MacArthur section of Los Angeles [as] Little El Salvador, and Mount Pleasant,” a neighborhood in Washington DC's...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arturo Arias
    • 1
  • Claudia Milian
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TexasAustin
  2. 2.Duke UniversityDurham

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