On my commute each morning I read, I write, and sometimes I even rock and roll. Over many years I have developed a Spidey sense for when my train will arrive at the station where I switch to the bus. Yet one day I became so engrossed in Jerry García's new book that I missed my stop.

Looking like the Enemy is an important addition to the “New Latin American Ethnic Studies” that has started to emerge in the last 15 years. It is yet another nail in the coffin of the old Latin American ethnic studies, which had a tendency toward self-marginalization because of a focus on the internal workings of community institutions and hagiographies of often self-defined ethnic leaders. At the same time, studying immigrant descent ethnicity was often ostracized in the academy because of an erroneous assumption that certain...

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