POSTPONED: Beyond Cynicism: Race, Immigration, and Latinx Trust in Government

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Latinx Research Center
2547 Channing Way
Berkeley

We live in a cynical age, and although much has been written about trust in government, few have theorized about how race mediates such beliefs. On the one hand, volumes of research show that race is a strong predictor of political attitudes. On the other, theories about trust, and trust in government specifically, tend to overlook issues of race, while survey research on the issue yields mixed findings. Drawing on survey data as well as 70 in-depth interviews with US Latinos in two metropolitan areas, we delineate how racialization is a foundational lens through which Latinxs express distrust in government, envision ideal conceptualizations of the state, and express hope in change. Latinxs in our study feel both targeted and neglected by government institutions, and express a collectivist orientation towards the state. Our study has implications for understanding how categorization and power structure beliefs about the state. G. Cristina Mora presents new research by Profesor Cristina Mora in collaboration with the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS).

This is an IGS co-sponsored event with the Latinx Research Center.