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The Borders of Inequality

Where Wealth and Poverty Collide

By Íñigo Moré; Translated by Lyn Dominguez
The University of Arizona Press

The Borders of Inequality illustrates how longstanding “multidirectional misunderstandings” can exacerbate cross-border problems—and consequent public opinion. Perpetuating these misunderstandings can inflame and complicate the situation, but purposeful efforts to reduce inequality can produce promising results.

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Mestizaje and Globalization

Transformations of Identity and Power

The University of Arizona Press

Mestizaje and Globalization contributes to an emerging multidisciplinary effort to explore how identities are imposed, negotiated, and reconstructed. The volume offers a comprehensive and empirically diverse collection of insights that look beyond nationalistic mestizaje projects to a diversity of local concepts, understandings, and resistance, with particular attention to cases in Latin America and the United States.

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Demigods on Speedway

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Men in dinosaur suits. A Norwegian freakazoid millionaire. Cats and catharsis, somber symbols, listless lives going off the rails. Pluck, persistence, and the pursuit of happiness

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Thinking en español

Interviews with Critics of Chicana/o Literature

The University of Arizona Press

Thinking en español takes the important literary figures who shaped our knowledge of Chicano authors and places them in the dynamic arc of Chicana/o criticism and literature. Jesús Rosales interviews foundational Chicana/o literary critics and, through conversations, establishes the path of Chicana/o criticism from 1848 to the present.

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Dragons in the Land of the Condor

Writing Tusán in Peru

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Dragons in the Land of the Condor studies the influence of a Chinese ethnic background in the writing of several twentieth- and twenty-first-century Sino-Peruvian authors. Ignacio López-Calvo considers the different strategies used by Chinese Peruvian writers to claim either their belonging in the Peruvian national project or their difference as a minority ethnic group.

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Buried in Shades of Night

Contested Voices, Indian Captivity, and the Legacy of King Philip's War

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Creating Aztlán

Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island

The University of Arizona Press

Creating Aztlán interrogates the historic and important role that Aztlán plays in Chicano and Indigenous art and culture. Using the idea that lowriding is an Indigenous way of being in the world, artist and historian Dylan A. T. Miner (Métis) discusses the multiple roles that Aztlán has played at various moments in time, engaging precolonial indigeneities, alongside colonial, modern, and contemporary Xicano responses to colonization.

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Colonial Itineraries of Contemporary Mexico

Literary and Cultural Inquiries

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Colonial Itineraries of Contemporary Mexico analyzes how Mexico’s colonial experience has been reimagined in the twenty-first century. From an interdisciplinary perspective, the fourteen essays gathered in this book question the problematic formation of contemporary marginalities and inequality, imposed political domination, and hybrid subjectivities.

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Soul Over Lightning

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In this collection, which the poet calls his “rebirth in the search for home,” Ray Gonzalez expresses the gentle, humble intelligence that has made him a leading voice in Latino letters. He shares with the reader the voice of a grounded soul searcher who has passed through middle age and still vibrates with passion for the world. Soul Over Lightning lifts spirits and yet offers a timeless search for home and truth.

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In the Garden of the Bridehouse

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Scrutinizing myth, culture, identity, and sexuality, J. Michael Martinez, in his brave new collection, weds the innovative with the narrative tradition, cultivating a collection that is unlike any other, simultaneously drawing together and pulling apart the familiar and the foreign, the self and the other, the known and the unknowable, the recoverable and irrecoverable past, the historical record and all that is given up for lost. Martinez interrogates the restrictions chosen to constrain imagination’s boundlessness.

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Capture These Indians for the Lord

Indians, Methodists, and Oklahomans, 1844-1939

The University of Arizona Press
Exploring larger issues associated with western expansion, Capture These Indians for the Lord details the history of the Southern Methodist Church in Oklahoma’s Indian Territory and the complex relationship between its white and Indian membership.
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Sinking Suspicions

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A Sadie Walela Mystery.

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A Land Between Waters

Environmental Histories of Modern Mexico

The University of Arizona Press

This is the first book to explore the relationship between the people and the environment of Mexico. Featuring a dozen essays by leading scholars, it heralds the arrival of environmental history as a major area of study in the field of Mexican history.

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Requiem for the Santa Cruz

An Environmental History of an Arizona River

The University of Arizona Press

Requiem for the Santa Cruz is the riveting human and natural history of the life and death of a Southwestern river. The book is a model for explaining changes in river systems and the consequences, and will appeal to a wide-ranging audience of water lawyers, floodplain managers, land-use planners, people who live near major rivers in the Southwest, bird watchers, and armchair historians.

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Shells on a Desert Shore

Mollusks in the Seri World

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Shells on a Desert Shore is a fresh, original look at an indigenous culture of North America having a deep and intimate knowledge of the Gulf of California. Cathy Moser Marlett offers a richly illustrated ethnographic work, describing the Seri knowledge of mollusks and their cultural importance.

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Nature™ Inc.

Environmental Conservation in the Neoliberal Age

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New Lives for Ancient and Extinct Crops

Edited by Paul E. Minnis
The University of Arizona Press

New Lives for Ancient and Extinct Crops profiles nine plant species that were important contributors to human diets and medicinal uses in antiquity: maygrass, chenopod, marsh elder, agave, little barley, chia, arrowroot, little millet, and bitter vetch. Each chapter is written by a well-known scholar, who illustrates the value of the ancient crop record to inform the present.

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Just Between Us

An Ethnography of Male Identity and Intimacy in Rural Communities of Northern Mexico

The University of Arizona Press

Just Between Us, set in the context of Mexico’s cultural codes, challenges norms in thinking about men’s identities, their pleasures, and their sense of belonging. Author Guillermo Núñez Noriega offers a groundbreaking study that contests patriarchal concepts limiting male relationships and masculinity.

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Beyond the Page

Poetry and Performance in Spanish America

The University of Arizona Press

Beyond the Page examines the performance of poetry to show how it travels outside of writing, eventually becoming part of the cultural consciousness. Exploring a range of performances from early twentieth-century recitations to twenty-first-century film, CDs, and Internet renditions, Beyond the Page offers analytic tools to chart poetry beyond printed texts.

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Diné Perspectives

Revitalizing and Reclaiming Navajo Thought

Foreword by Gregory Cajete; Edited by Lloyd L. Lee
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Native and Spanish New Worlds

Sixteenth-Century Entradas in the American Southwest and Southeast

The University of Arizona Press

Native and Spanish New Worlds brings together archaeological, ethnohistorical, and anthropological research from sixteenth-century contexts to illustrate interactions during the first century of Native–European contact in what is now the southern United States. The contributors examine the southwestern and southeastern United States and the connections between these regions and explain the global implications of entradas during this formative period in borderlands history.

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A Passion for the True and Just

Felix and Lucy Kramer Cohen and the Indian New Deal

The University of Arizona Press

A Passion for the True and Just reveals the moral underpinnings of Felix and Lucy Kramer Cohen and their important contribution to the Indian New Deal. Alice Beck Kehoe illuminates Felix Cohen’s uncompromising commitment to the “true and the just,” rooted in his Jewish intellectual and moral heritage, and Social Democrat principles, that changed American legal philosophy.

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Biography of a Hacienda

Work and Revolution in Rural Mexico

The University of Arizona Press

Biography of a Hacienda is a book that will last for generations. It looks at the real lives of real people pushed to the brink of revolution, and its conclusions compel us to rethink the social and economic factors involved in the Mexican Revolution.

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Indigenous Landscapes and Spanish Missions

New Perspectives from Archaeology and Ethnohistory

The University of Arizona Press

Indigenous Landscapes and Spanish Missions offers a holistic view on the consequences of mission enterprises and how native peoples actively incorporated Spanish colonialism into their own landscapes. An innovative reorientation spanning the northern limits of Spanish colonialism, this volume brings together a variety of archaeologists focused on placing indigenous agency in the foreground of mission interpretation.

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Fleshing the Spirit

Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Women’s Lives

Edited by Elisa Facio and Irene Lara
The University of Arizona Press

Fleshing the Spirit brings together established and new writers to explore the relationships between the physical body, the spirit and spirituality, and social justice activism. The anthology incorporates different genres of writing—such as poetry, testimonials, critical essays, and historical analysis—and stimulates the reader to engage spirituality in a critical, personal, and creative way.

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An Anthropologist's Arrival

A Memoir

The University of Arizona Press

Ruth Underhill’s intriguing memoir traces the story of her life, delving into the Depression, the famous anthropologists in her circle, and her fieldwork with a keen ethnographic eye.

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Yakama Rising

Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing

The University of Arizona Press
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Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother

Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas

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Huichol Territory and the Mexican Nation

Indigenous Ritual, Land Conflict, and Sovereignty Claims

The University of Arizona Press

This book is thus a multi-sited ethnography of territoriality with broad geographical and theoretical reach. Its mix of vivid description and complex theory will engage multiple publics. It is aimed at anthropologists, historians, and geographers who deal with Indian territory and sovereignty in Latin America, but it will also engage readers interested in what “place” means to native peoples and how they represent themselves to global publics. It will also be a good book for students who want to read an innovative ethnography about a quintessentially “traditional” Mexican Indian people’s creative response to challenging historical conditions.

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Aztlán Arizona

Mexican American Educational Empowerment, 1968–1978

The University of Arizona Press

Aztlán Arizona is the first thorough examination of Arizona’s Chicano student movement, providing an exhaustive history of the emergence of the state’s Chicano Movement politics and its related school reform efforts. Darius V. Echeverría reveals how Mexican American communities fostered a togetherness that ultimately modified larger Arizona society by revamping the educational history of the region.

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Alcohol in Latin America

A Social and Cultural History

The University of Arizona Press

The first interdisciplinary study to examine the historic role of alcohol across Latin America and over a broad time span. Contributors use the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, art history, ethnohistory, history, and literature to examine alcohol use in six locations—the Andean region, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, and Mexico—thus offering a better understanding of race, class, gender, state-building, and more.

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Off-Trail Adventures in Baja California

Exploring Landscapes and Geology on the Gulf Shores and Islands

The University of Arizona Press

Great hikes with an expert guide.

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Seriously Funny

Mexican Political Jokes as Social Resistance

By Samuel Schmidt; Translated by Adam Schmidt
The University of Arizona Press
Exploring the ways in which political humor has developed and operated in Mexico over more than four centuries, this is groundbreaking work argues persuasively that political jokes are acts of rebellion: their objective is not to overthrow a government but to correct its mistakes.
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The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band

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A fast-moving novel set to the soundtrack of reservation life in the 1960s.

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Ameriscopia

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Shattering the definition of Latino into a million little pieces, poet Edwin Torres reassembles identity into something that is more likely and at the same time unexpected, complex, and multifaceted. From conversations in cars to fast-beat lullabies, Ameriscopia is a collection that taps into rhythms both distinctive and dynamic.

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Raza Studies

The Public Option for Educational Revolution

The University of Arizona Press

The well-known and controversial Mexican American studies (MAS) program in Arizona’s Tucson Unified School District set out to create an equitable and excellent educational experience for Latino students. Raza Studies: The Public Option for Educational Revolution offers the first comprehensive account of this progressive—indeed revolutionary—program by those who created it, implemented it, and have struggled to protect it.

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With Blood in Their Eyes

The University of Arizona Press

Thomas Cobb introduces the day when the Power brothers engaged the Graham County Sheriff’s Department in the bloodiest shootout in Arizona history. In this Spur Award Winner (Best Western Long Novel) Cobb cunningly weaves the story of the Power brothers’ escape with flashbacks of the boys’ father’s life and his struggle to make a living ranching, logging, and mining in the West around the turn of the century. Deftly drawn characters and cleverly concealed motivations work seamlessly to blend a compelling family history with a desperate story of the brothers as they attempt to escape.

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Debating American Identity

Southwestern Statehood and Mexican Immigration

The University of Arizona Press

Debating American Identity is an innovative look at four national debates over the inclusion of the Mexican-origin population in the United States in the early twentieth century. Linda C. Noel explores different conceptions of American identity through disputes over Arizona and New Mexico statehood, temporary workers, immigration, and repatriation.

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Looking Like the Enemy

Japanese Mexicans, the Mexican State, and US Hegemony, 1897–1945

The University of Arizona Press

The first English-language book to report on the Japanese experience in Mexico, Looking Like the Enemy is an important examination of the tumultuous half-century before World War II, offering illuminating insights into the wartime experiences of the Japanese on both sides of the US/Mexico border.

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Reimagining National Belonging

Post-Civil War El Salvador in a Global Context

The University of Arizona Press

Reimagining National Belonging offers the first sustained critical examination of post-civil war El Salvador, describing how one nation took up the challenge of generating social unity and shared meanings around ideas of the nation. An “ethnography of the state,” it highlights the practices and the complexities of nation-building in the 21st century.
 

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Latino Los Angeles in Film and Fiction

The Cultural Production of Social Anxiety

The University of Arizona Press

A much-needed contribution to the fields of urban theory, race critical theory, Chicana/o–Latina/o studies, and Los Angeles writing and film, López-Calvo offers multiple theoretical perspectives—including urban theory, ecocriticism, ethnic studies, gender studies, and cultural studies—contextualized with notions of transnationalism and post-nationalism.

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Revolt

An Archaeological History of Pueblo Resistance and Revitalization in 17th Century New Mexico

The University of Arizona Press

Traditional text-based accounts tend to focus on the revolt and the Spaniards’ reconquest in 1692—completely skipping over the years of indigenous independence that occurred in between. Revolt boldly breaks out of this mold and examines the aftermath of the uprising in colonial New Mexico, focusing on the radical changes it instigated in Pueblo culture and society.

Published in cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University.

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Last Water on the Devil's Highway

A Cultural and Natural History of Tinajas Altas

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In the Smaller Scope of Conscience

The Struggle for National Repatriation Legislation, 1986–1990

The University of Arizona Press

 In the Smaller Scope of Conscience is a thoughtful and detailed study of the ins and outs of the four-year process behind the creation of NMAIA and NAGPRA. It is a singular contribution to the history of these issues, with the potential to help mediate the ongoing debate by encouraging all sides to retrace the steps of the legislators responsible for the acts.
 

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Warfare in Cultural Context

Practice, Agency, and the Archaeology of Violence

The University of Arizona Press

Warfare is a constant in human history. Contributors to this book contend that agency and culture, inherited values and dispositions (such as religion and other cultural practices), beliefs, and institutions are always woven into the conduct of war. Using archaeological and ethnohistorical data from various parts of the world, the contributors explore the multiple avenues for the cultural study of warfare that these ideas make possible. Contributions focus on cultural aspects of warfare in Mesoamerica, South America, North America, and Southeast Asia.

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Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets

The University of Arizona Press

Through the contributions of more than sixty leading experts in the field, Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets sets forth the foundations for this emerging new science and brings the reader to the forefront of our current understanding of atmospheric formation and climate evolution.

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Universities and Indian Country

Case Studies in Tribal-Driven Research

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Foundational Arts

Mural Painting and Missionary Theater in New Spain

The University of Arizona Press
Foundational Arts examines how the relationships between mural painting and missionary theater became a transcultural process for mass conversion of Native populations to Christianity. Michael K. Schuessler studies the New World expressions of dramatic and plastic arts and how they became the tools of European friars to Christianize Native peoples and ultimately create a new and unique literary and artistic tradition.
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Contingent Maps

Rethinking Western Women's History and the North American West

The University of Arizona Press
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Indigenous Peoples, National Parks, and Protected Areas

A New Paradigm Linking Conservation, Culture, and Rights

Edited by Stan Stevens
The University of Arizona Press
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