University of Arizona

The Sleeping Giant vs. the Politics of Fear

Arizona's Hispanic Society in the Twenty-First Century

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In this lecture Sheridan discusses that between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic proportion of Arizona’s population expanded from 25 to 32 percent. This expansion makes Hispanics the fastest-growing sector of the state’s population. Hispanics, as Sheridan posits, are Arizona's sleeping giant; if they organize in proportion to their numbers, they will transform Arizona’s political culture and better position the state to take advantage of the global economy.

Professor Sheridan has conducted ethnographic fieldwork and ethnohistorical research in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico since 1971. The author or co-editor of twelve books and monographs, Sheridan’s work includes Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community of Tucson, 1854-1941 (University of Arizona Press 1986); Where the Dove Calls: The Political Ecology of a Peasant Corporate Community in Northwestern Mexico (UA Press 1988); Arizona: A History (UA Press 1995); and Landscapes of Fraud: Mission Tumacácori, the Baca Float, and the Betrayal of the O’odham (UA Press 2006), which won the Past Presidents’ Gold Award from the Association of Borderlands Studies.

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