The 1992 elections and “minority” politics: A perspective

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Although the United States has long been an ethnically and racially diverse society, that diversity has not only increased but, in significant respects, has also changed in character over the last generation. Population growth, including immigration, is no longer a primarily European phenomenon but has for some time occurred predominantly in Latin America and Asia. Indeed, the 1980s were touted as the “decade of the Hispanics,” suggesting that this group was emerging as a significant social and political force. The overall growth and change in the United States has occurred in the context of an already sizable “minority” presence of more than 20 percent, with African Americans/blacks constituting about 12 percent and Latinos/Hispanics from 8 to 10 percent of the population. Projections suggest that the Latino and Asian populations will be the fastest-growing segments in the foreseeable future as well. This context is one in which the 1992 elections and their aftermath can and should be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe New American Politics
Subtitle of host publicationReflections on Political Change and the Clinton Administration
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780429964756
ISBN (Print)9780813319735
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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