The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.


Portuguese-Americans and Contemporary Civic Culture in Massachusetts

March 8, 2003

Portuguese-Americans and Contemporary Civic Culture in Massachusetts is the title of an original and comprehensive study edited by Prof. Clyde Barrow. The volume is the first issue of the Portuguese in the Americas Series published by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and was the focus of a conference on March 8, 2003 that included noted scholars in ethnic studies.

The book is the first systematic scholarly analysis of Portuguese-Americans’ political culture to be published in more than 25 years with Dr. Marinho’s study, Luso-Americans in the American Political Process completed in 1977. The book’s findings and conclusions are based mainly on a series of telephone surveys with more than 1,600 persons living in what the authors call “the Portuguese Archipelago” of Southeastern Massachusetts. This ethnic archipelago consists on 18 cities and towns stretching from Taunton and Attelboro southward to Fall River, New Bedford, and Wareham, where persons of Portuguese ancestry account for 8% or more of the town’s population. The book provides a snapshot of Portuguese-Americans’ attitudes on politics and public policy, civic participation, political involvement, their economic status, educational attainment, and important cultural and social issues. The book also reviews Portuguese language offerings in the area’s public schools.

Please click here to view the program.