The Invisible Border
Latinos and Anglos raise their families, conduct business and solve problems in different ways. Interaction between Anglos and the 40 million Latinos living in the United States is an increasingly important and challenging proposition. How do Anglos and Latinos successfully live and work together, given the considerable differences in values and behaviors that exist between the two cultures? The Invisible Border is the first book of its kind to examine the Latino's intellectual and emotional relationships to work, family life, identity, friendships, romance, religion, morality, thinking and reasoning and the Anglo community. Side-by-side comparisons help deconstruct Latino and Anglo cultural differences, showing the reader how core Latino values such as the hierarchical family unit and intuitive decision-making shape behavior and compare with common Anglo ways. The Invisible Border is an essential resource for the savvy businessperson, politician, teacher, health care worker and civil servant. In short, anyone who sees that America's population is changing and needs foresight and cultural awareness in order to learn how to adapt.
Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: The Invisible Border Part I: Latinos and Anglo Families 1 Families 2 Fathers 3 Mothers 4 Becoming an Adult Part II: Latino-Anglo Cultural Differences 5 Male and Female Gender Roles 6 Friendship 7 Morality 8 Religion 9 Thinking Styles Part III: Latinos in America 10 Latinos in the Workplace 11 Latino Students 12 Latino Customers 13 Latinos in the Voting Booth 14 Latino Acculturation 15 Cross-Cultural Romances Conclusion Bibliography Index
Dr. Marc Irwin and Dr. Samuel Roll-Aguedelo are cross-cultural, bilingual psychologists. Dr. Irwin spent several years as a World Health Organization researcher on child development and is currently in private practice counseling Latino, Anglo and Native American clients in Northern New Mexico. Dr. Roll is emeritus professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico, where he has taught for the past 35 years, maintains an active clinical practice and consults in Colombia and Mexico. www.theinvisibleborder.com
"A must-read for those people who want to get the know and live peacefully among the fastest-growing minority population in the U.S.: the Latinos." - The Daily Times, Farmington, New Mexico, August 8, 2008 "This book shows anyone who is interested in this demographic shift that a little patience and insight will go a long way in establishing stable relations between these two groups in the future." - Book News, Inc, September 2008