Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Latino Mass Mobilization
Immigration, Racialization, and Activism

$105.00 (P)

Award Winner
  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107076945

$ 105.00 (P)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • In the spring of 2006, millions of Latinos across the country participated in the largest civil rights demonstrations in American history. In this timely and highly anticipated book, Chris Zepeda-Millán analyzes the background, course, and impacts of this unprecedented wave of protests, highlighting their unique local, national, and demographic dynamics. He finds that because of the particular ways the issue of immigrant illegality was racialized, federally proposed anti-immigrant legislation (H.R. 4437) helped transform Latinos' sense of latent group membership into the racial group consciousness that incited their engagement in large-scale collective action. Zepeda-Millán shows how nativist policy threats against disenfranchised undocumented immigrants can provoke a political backlash - on the streets and at the ballot box - from not only 'people without papers', but also naturalized and US-born citizens. Latino Mass Mobilization is an important intervention into contemporary debates regarding immigration policy, social movements, and racial politics in the United States.

    • The first full-length study of the largest mass protest marches in US history
    • Examines Latino political activism around immigration and electoral politics
    • Brings a new understanding to immigrant activism across the US and its role in recent American political history
    Read more


    • Co-winner, 2018 Ralph J. Bunche Award, American Political Science Association

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Chris Zepeda-Millán delivers an instant classic … Latino Mass Mobilization will serve as the most complete account of immigration activism that has ever been developed across the social sciences. … Zepeda-Millán provides an in-depth and contextually situated account for where, why, and how the immigration marches of 2006 marked the dawn of contemporary Latino politics. This book is truly exceptional and its conclusion is clear – anti-immigrant rhetoric, policy, and attitudes will not be tolerated by the Latino community. There is no sleeping giant, but instead today there is a woke community engaged in protest and marches, navigating bilingual media, both old and new, registering and voting.' Matt A. Barreto, University of California, Los Angeles

    'In a stirring account of the organization and impact of the immigrant rights protest wave, Zepeda-Millán upends our previous understandings of Latino politics and forces us to rethink the very factors that led to political mobilization and subsequent demobilization. The book advances a powerful and generative analysis of the relationship between race, protest, policy reform, and electoral politics.' Michael Omi, University of California, Berkeley, co-author of Racial Formation in the United States

    'Zepeda-Millán’s book locates a 'politics from below,' revealing unprecedented political activism in sometimes unlikely places. Highly original, deftly analyzed, and centering the voices and experiences of immigrants and their families, Zepeda-Millán’s book is both timely and timeless. It should be close at hand for those who are eager to learn about modern movements for immigrant rights, racial justice, identity formation, and forms of political agency and expression amidst political threats.' Vesla Mae Weaver, Yale University, Connecticut

    'Combining insights from social movement, racial politics, and immigration studies, Zepeda-Millán’s book exposes multiple levels of meaning from the 2006 immigrant rights protest wave, through an examination of key episodes of collective action in California, New York, and Florida. Though zeroing in on a single moment of time, his book reveals lessons for the politics of racialization and immigrant rights in America today.' Sidney Tarrow, author of Power in Movement

    'Zepeda-Millán approaches the collective vehicle of group consciousness and identity, as well as group-linked fate, as critical elements for successful mobilization and outreach to members of the affected communities … an expansive view of how and why this ‘unexpected’ segment took to the streets for rights, social justice, and power.' Perspectives on Politics

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107076945
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 159 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Forging an immigrant rights movement, 1965–2005
    2. Weapons of the not so weak
    3. Promoting protest through ethnic media
    4. Coalitions and the racialization of illegality
    5. The suppression of immigrant contention. 6. Today we march, tomorrow we vote.

  • Author

    Chris Zepeda-Millán, University of California, Berkeley
    Chris Zepeda-Millán is Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and Faculty Chair of the Center for Research on Social Change at University of California, Berkeley. His research has been published in top political science and interdisciplinary journals, and he has been interviewed by several local, national, and international media outlets, including: the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, La Opinion, Univision, PBS, Colorlines magazine, several Pacifica Network radio stations, as well as Canadian, Japanese, and Vietnamese television stations and newspapers. He has also been an invited contributor to NBC Latino, Latino Decisions, the London School of Economic's USAPP blog, The Progress magazine, and Huffington Post.


    • Co-winner, 2018 Ralph J. Bunche Award, American Political Science Association
    • Co-winner, 2018 Charles Tilly Award for Best Book, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section, American Sociological Association
    • Winner, 2018 Best Book Award, Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section, American Political Science Association
    • Honourable mention, 2018 Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award, Racial and Ethnic Minorities Section, American Sociological Association

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.