This book deals with a broad range of social issues facing Mexican-origin people in the United States. The studies presented in this volume are brought together by two main themes: (1) social inequalities-cultural, educational, and economic-endured by the Chicano/Mexicano community in the United States and (2) the community's efforts to eradicate the source of those inequalities. The second edition of Chicanas and Chicanos in Contemporary Society takes into consideration the most recent demographic changes affecting the Chicano/Mexicano people. With one-third of persons of Mexican descent under the age of fifteen, many of the challenges center on the current well-being of children and their future prospects. Unlike any other book in the market, several chapters closely examine issues related to children and youth, with particular attention given to children's ethnic identity, schooling practices, and educational policies. Two additional features set this book apart from other books. First, it includes new chapters focused on Chicana/Mexicana mothers, including adolescent mothers, interactions with their children and their efforts to reform schools. Second, it has contributions that analyze relations between Mexican immigrants and their coethnics born in the United States. The studies offered in this volume employ multiple theoretical perspectives and research methods. The studies invoke theories from social science disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, and psychology. Contributors use a variety of analytical strategies, including ethnographic methods and quantitative analysis.
The second edition of Roberto De Anda's Chicanas and Chicanos in Contemporary Society successfully brings together recent research by young scholars focusing on key characteristics of the Mexican-origin population in the United States. This collection treats all the issues essential to the curriculum and captures the excitement of Chicana/o studies with readings that include multiple theoretical perspectives and research methods. I enthusiastically recommend this book as a useful text for both introductory undergraduate courses and upper division offerings.--Francisco Balderrama, Ph.D., professor of history and Chicano studies at California State University, Los Angeles
Part 1 I The Mexican-Origin Population and Employment Chapter 2 The Demography of Mexicans in the United States Chapter 3 Shortchanged in the Labor Market: Underemployed Mexican-Origin Men Part 4 II Ethnic Identity Formation and Education: The Experiences of Children and Teachers Chapter 5 Learning Manito Discourse: Children's Stories and Identity in Northern New Mexico Chapter 6 Teacher Narratives of Movimiento Ideology and Bilingual Education Part 7 III Chicana and Mexican Mothers' Involvement with Children, Family, and Politics Chapter 8 Exploring Parental Involvement among Mexican American and Latina Mothers Chapter 9 Chicana Teen Mothers: Acculturation, Social Support, and Perceptions of Motherhood Chapter 10 "Let's Unite So That Our Children Are Better Off Than Us": Mexican American/Mexican Immigrant Women Organizing for Bilingual Education Part 11 IV Social Issues in the Chicano/Mexicano Community Chapter 12 Of Corridos and Convicts: Gringo In(Justice) in Early Border Ballads and Contemporary Pinto Poetry Chapter 13 Festejando Community: Celebrating Fiesta Mexicana in Woodburn, Oregon Chapter 14 Liberation Theology and Social Change: Chicanas and Chicanos in the Catholic Church