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Latina Teachers

In Our Hands

Creating Careers and Guarding Cultures

The Struggle for U.S. Child Care Policy

GLENDA M. FLORES

ELIZABETH PALLEY and COREY S. SHDAIMAH

Glenda M. Flores

Latina teachers

How Latina teachers are making careers and helping students stay in touch with their roots

A call for better child care policies, exploring the reasons why there has been so little headway on a problem that touches so many families

Latina women make up the fastest growing non-white group entering the teaching profession at a time when it is estimated that 20% of all students nationwide now identify as Latina/o. Through ethnographic and participant observation in two underperforming majority-minority schools in Los Angeles, as well as interviews with teachers, parents and staff, Glenda M. Flores examines the complexities stemming from a growing workforce of Latina teachers.

Working mothers are common in the United States. In over half of all two-parent families, both parents work, and women’s paychecks on average make up 35 percent of their families’ incomes. Most of these families yearn for available and affordable child care but state-funded child car remains scarce in the United States. And even in prosperous times, child care is rarely a priority for U.S. policy makers.

The teachers profiled use Latino cultural resources and serve as agents of ethnic mobility. They actively teach their students how to navigate American race and class structures while retaining their cultural roots, necessary tactics in an American education system that has not fully caught up with the nation’s demographic changes. Flores also explores the challenges faced by Latina teachers, including language barriers and cultural acclimation, and professional inequalities that continue to affect women of color at work.

In In Our Hands: The Struggle for U.S. Child Care Policy, Elizabeth Palley and Corey S. Shdaimah explore the reasons behind the relative paucity of U.S. child care and child care support. The book includes data from interviews with 23 prominent child care and early education advocates and researchers who have spent their careers seeking expansion of child care policy and funding and an examination of the legislative debates around key child care bills of the last halfcentury. Palley and Shdaimah analyze the special interest and niche groups that have formed around existing policy, arguing that such groups limit the possibility for debate around U.S. child care policy.

Creating Careers and Guarding Culture

An unprecedented look at an understudied population, Latina Teachers presents an important picture of the women who are increasingly shaping the way America’s children are educated. GLENDA M. FLORES is Assistant Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Irvine.

“A deep dive into the history of child care policy in the United States and an examination of the cultural forces which have influenced the debate.” —NBC News

ELIZABETH PALLEY is Professor of Social Work at Adelphi University. COREY S. SHDAIMAH is Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator for the MSW/JD Dual Degree Program at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

JUNE 2017 272 PAGES • 7 black & white illustrations PAPER • 978-1-4798-1353-7 • $28.00S (£22.99) CLOTH • 978-1-4798-3907-0 • $89.00X (£74.00) In the Latina/o Sociology series SOCIOLOGY 24

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MARCH 2017 288 PAGES • 5 black & white illustrations PAPER • 978-1-4798-6029-6 • $25.00S (£20.99) CLOTH • 978-1-4798-6265-8 In the Families, Law, and Society series SOCIOLOGY • LAW 1.800.996.NYUP


NYU Press Spring 2017