edited by Marysol Asencio
contributions by Sandra Arévalo, Mariana Gerena, Hortensia Amaro, Elena R. Gutiérrez, Gloria González-López, Deborah Vargas, José Quiroga, Melanie Frank, George Ayala, Jaime Cortez, Miguel Munoz-Laboy, Patrick "Pato" Hebert, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, Susana Peña, Amalia Cabezas, Dolores Ortiz, Sonia Valencia, Luz Calvo, Catriona Esquibel, Marcia Ochoa, Carmen Yon, Katie Acosta, Carlos Decena, Héctor Carrillo, Tomâs Almaguer, Ramón Gutiérrez, Pablo Mitchell, Sonya Arreola, Laura Romo, Erum Nadeem and Claudia Kouyoumdjian
Rutgers University Press, 2010
eISBN: 978-0-8135-8058-6 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-4599-8 | Paper: 978-0-8135-4600-1
Library of Congress Classification E184.S75L346 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.76


Latina/os are currently the largest minority population in the United States. They are also one of the fastest growing. Yet, we have very limited research and understanding of their sexualities. Instead, stereotypical images flourish even though scholars have challenged the validity and narrowness of these images and the lack of attention to the larger social context. Gathering the latest empirical work in the social and behavioral sciences, this reader offers us a critical lens through which to understand these images and the social context framing Latina/os and their sexualities.

Situated at the juncture of Latina/o studies and sexualities studies, Latina/o Sexualities provides a single resource that addresses the current state of knowledge from a multidisciplinary perspective. Contributors synthesize and critique the literature and carve a separate space where issues of Latina/o sexualities can be explored given the limitations of prevalent research models. This work compels the current wave in sexuality studies to be more inclusive of ethnic minorities and sets an agenda that policy makers and researchers will find invaluable.