Praise for Inventing Latinos:
"This incisive survey of Latino history packs a knockout punch."
"In this thoughtfully argued study . . . Gómez provides much-needed insight into the true complexity of Latinx identity while revealing the ways in which the dominant culture continues to mask the many racist currents within American society. An insightful and well-researched book."
"A[n] incisive study of history, complex interrogation of racial construction, and sophisticated legal argument, this title proves especially timely, what with the controversial 2020 census on its way, and expands brilliantly on the work Gómez began in Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race."
"A rigorous and provocative study of the liminal zone Latino/as inhabit in America's racial continuum. Required reading."
–Library Journal (starred review) "[A] timely and important examination of Latinx identity."
–Ms. "[Inventing Latinos] offers a significant and fresh examination of a topical subject–racism in our country."
"In her pioneering book, Laura Gómez puts racism, colonialism, white dominance, and community resistance exactly where they should be: at the heart of the conversations about Latinos today, and the nature of race in the United States tomorrow."
–Ian F. Haney López
"Gómez reveals that history is not past. Instead, she shows us that as racism evolves, the U.S. commitment to racism remains steady, creating, but never quite controlling, Latinos as a distinct racial group. But if racism's allure continues to tug powerfully at some segments of the United States, Inventing Latinos
reveals that creative resistance is never far away."
–César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, author of Migrating to Prison
"The critically important story of Latinx racial formation told here requires the impressive skills and knowledge of a scholar like Gómez. Inventing Latinos
is informed by a hemispheric sweep centered on U.S. empire, an ability to trace history over centuries, and an appreciation of class relations and power."
–David Roediger, author of How Race Survived U.S. History
"Written with exceptional clarity and drawing on deep research, Inventing Latinos
presents not only a brilliant account of the changing position of Latinxs, but also a nuanced understanding of racism in the U.S. today."
–Howard Winant, co-author of Racial Formation in the United States
offers a unique road map for understanding how Latino identity came to be, and where it might be going. Gómez's discussion of how Latin America's mestizaje
, or mixed-race ideology, is both perpetuated and sometimes re-purposed in the U.S. is one of the book's many strengths."
–Ed Morales, author of Latinx and Fantasy Island