Department: Political Science
3357 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1472
Keywords: Mexico, Central America, Costa Rica
Ray Rocco focuses on the relationships between globalization, democracy, citizenship and marginalized communities, with an emphasis on Latin American communities in the U.S. His recent publications have developed a framework for addressing a specific configuration of themes at the intersection of political theory (citizenship, democracy, civil society), cultural studies (identity, difference, border theory), post-colonial thought (diaspora, hybridity, alterity), and theories of globalization (restructuring, transnationalism, migration). These themes are reflected in undergraduate courses on Latino politics and community development, contemporary theories of empowerment, multicultural citizenship in democratic societies, and in graduate courses that have focused on postmodernist political thought, citizenship in a transnational context, and civil society and the public sphere. Recent publications include â€œAssociational Rights Claims, Civil Society and Place," forthcoming in Engin F. Isin, ed., Politics in the Global City: Rights, Democracy and Place; "Citizenship, Civil Society, and the Latino City: Claiming Subaltern Spaces, Reframing the Public Sphere," forthcoming in Latin American Perspectives; "Theoretical Construction of the `Other' in Postmodernist Thought: Latinos in the New Urban Economy," Cultural Studies.