Borderless borders: U.S. Latinos, Latin Americans, and the by Frank Bonilla

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Consistent with the neoliberal model, they also minimized the role of government through privatizing, financial and industrial deregulation, labor market reform, and cutbacks in social programs. After more than a decade of sacrifice, however, the results have been disappointing. Most Latin American countries have yet to reach the export growth rates achieved during the decade of import substitution industrialization (roughly 197080). By 1992, their export performance was still only one-half to one-third of the level attained throughout the 1970s.

As previously noted, "Latinos" are by no means homogeneous. Individuals may identify with different nationalities, such as Puerto Rican, Dominican, or Salvadoran, and be further distinguished by immigrant status, class, language, or color, but they understand the use of "Latino" as a societal identifier. Use of either a more specific self-descriptor or the broad label of "Latino" depends on the circumstances. Although Latinos may appear to enter society through a few avenues, a more nu- Page 3 anced examination reveals a number of complex dimensions.

The term "interdependence" has been used to convey the way in which the welfare of each country within the region affects that of others. In the Americas, this path has been guided by liberal economic policies, combining economic growth with high rates of poverty and income inequality and a heightened mobility of people and capital. However, interdependence extends well beyond economics. The interpenetration of societies has changed political systems, the nature of social relationships, and forms of cultural expression.

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