Latino Small Businesses and the American Dream

Community Social Work Practice and Economic and Social Development

Melvin Delgado

Columbia University Press

Latino Small Businesses and the American Dream

Pub Date: October 2011

ISBN: 9780231150897

296 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: October 2011

ISBN: 9780231150880

296 Pages

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Pub Date: October 2011

ISBN: 9780231521789

296 Pages

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Latino Small Businesses and the American Dream

Community Social Work Practice and Economic and Social Development

Melvin Delgado

Columbia University Press

Latino small businesses provide social, economic, and cultural comfort to their communities. They are also excellent facilitators of community capacity—a major component of effective social work practice. Social work practitioners have a vested interest in seeing such businesses grow, not only among Latinos but all communities of color. Reviewing the latest research on formal and informal economies within urban communities of color, Melvin Delgado lays out the demographic foundations for a richer collaboration between theory and practice.

Delgado deploys numerous case studies to cement the link between indigenous small businesses and community well-being. Whether regulated or unregulated, these establishments hire from within and promote immigrant self-employment. Latino small businesses often provide jobs for those whose criminal and mental health backgrounds intimidate conventional businesses. Recently estimated to be the largest group of color running small businesses in the United States, Latino owners top two million, with the number expected to double within the next few years. Joining an understanding of these institutions with the kind of practice that enables their social and economic improvement, Delgado explains how to identify and mobilize the kinds of resources that best spur their development.
A unique and remarkable piece of work that integrates knowledge from both the economy and social work fields. This book educates readers in the contributions of Latino enterprises towards building capital, strengthening our economy, and protecting the Latino culture. Melvin Delgado proposes a framework for assessment and intervention and highlights what community practice can achieve. Lirio K. Negroni, University of Connecticut
Delgado presents a comprehensive and thoughtful perspective while also giving readers a clear and masterfully articulated text. A significant contribution to professionals working with Latino communities. Betty Garcia, California State University, Fresno
Melvin Delgado provides a datadriven, theoretically-grounded foundation for the mobilization of Latino small businesses in social and economic development initiatives by social workers. Julie Birkenmaier, Journal of Community Practice
Part 1. Setting the Context for Small Businesses in the United States
1. Introduction
2. Latino Demographics and Geographic Dispersal
3. Racial and Ethnic Small Businesses in the United States
4. Latino Small Businesses and Community Economic Development
Part 2. Community Social Work Values and Analytical Framework
5. Values, Principles, and Analytical Framework
6. Indicators of Success for Latino Small Businesses
7. Implications for the Social Work Profession
Epilogue
References
Index

About the Author

Melvin Delgado is professor and chair of the macro-practice specialty at the School of Social Work, Boston University. The author of nineteen books, including Social Work Practice with Latinos: A Cultural Assets Paradigm and Social Work Practice with Immigrant and Refugee Youth in the United States, his research focuses on community-capacity enhancement, Latino populations, and other marginalized groups.