Chicanas/Chicanos at the Crossroads
258 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Mar 1996
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Chicanas/Chicanos at the Crossroads

The University of Arizona Press

Dubbed the "decade of the Hispanic," the 1980s was instead a period of retrenchment for Chicanas/os as they continued to confront many of the problems and issues of earlier years in the face of a more conservative political environment. Following a substantial increase in activism in the early 1990s, Chicana/o scholars are now prepared to take stock of the Chicano Movement's accomplishments and shortcomings--and the challenges it yet faces--on the eve of a new millennium.

Chicanas/Chicanos at the Crossroads is a state-of-the-art assessment of the most significant developments in the conditions, fortunes, and experiences of Chicanas/os since the late seventies, with an emphasis on the years after 1980, which have thus far received little scholarly attention. Ten essays by leading Chicana and Chicano scholars on economic, social, educational, and political trends in Chicana/o life examine such issues as the rapid population growth of Chicanas/os and other Latinos; the ascendancy of Reaganomics and the turn to the right of American politics; the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment; the launching of new initiatives by the Mexican government toward the Chicano community; and the emergence of a new generation of political activists.

The authors have been drawn from a broad array of disciplines, ranging from economics to women's studies, in order to offer a multidisciplinary perspective on Chicana/o developments in the contemporary era. The inclusion of authors from different regions of the United States and from divergent backgrounds enhances the broad perspective of the volume.

The editors offer this anthology with the intent of providing timely and useful insights and stimulating reflection and scholarship on a diverse and complex population. A testament to three decades of intense social struggle, Chicanas/Chicanos at the Crossroads is ample evidence that the legacy of the Movimiento is alive and well.


Part One: Demographic and Economic Trends Among Chicanas/os

1. Demographic Trends in the Chicano Population: Policy Implications for the Twenty First Century, Susan Gonzalez-Baker

2. Mexican Immigration in the 1980s and Beyond: Implications for Chicanos/as, Leo R. Chavez and Rebecca Martinez

3. Chicanas/os in the Economy: Issues and Challenges Since 1970, Refugio Rochin and Adela de la Torre

Part Two: Chicano Politics: Trajectories and Consequences

4. The Chicano Movement: Its Legacy for Politics and Policy, John A. Garcia

5. Chicano Organizational Politics and Strategies in the Era of Retrenchment, Isidro D. Ortiz

6. Return to Aztlan: Mexican Policy Design Toward Chicanos, María Rosa Garcia-Acevedo

Part Three: Chicana/o Educational Struggles: Dimensions, Accomplishments and Challenges

7. Actors Not Victims: Chicanos in the Struggle for Educational Equality, Guadalupe San Miguel

8. Juncture in the Road: Chincano Studies Since El Plan de Santa Barbara, Ignacio Garcia

Part Four: Gender Feminism and Chicanas/os: Developments and Perspectives

9. Gender and Its Discontinuities in Male/Female Domestic Relations: Mexicans in Cross Cultural Context, Adelaida R. Del Castillo

10. With Quill and Torch: A Chicana Perspective on the American Women's Movement and Feminist Theories, Beatríz Pesquera and Denise A. Segura

David R. Maciel is a professor of history at the University of New Mexico whose books include Aztlán: Historia del pueblo chicano and El Norte: The U.S.-Mexican Border in Contemporary Cinema. Isidro D. Ortiz is an associate professor of Mexican American studies at San Diego State University and editor of the book Chicanos and the Social Sciences 1970-1980: A Decade of Development.
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