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Latino/a Thought : Culture, Politics, and Society - Francisco H. Vazquez

Latino/a Thought

Culture, Politics, and Society

By: Francisco H. Vazquez (Editor), Rodolfo D. Torres (Editor)

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Latino/a Thought brings together the most important writings that shape Latino consciousness, culture, and activism today. This historical anthology is unique in its presentation of cross cultural writings--especially from Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban writers and political documents--that shape the ideology and experience of U.S. Latinos. Students can read, first hand, the works or authors who most shaped their cultural heritage. They are guided by vivid introductions that set each article or document in its historical context and describe its relevance today. The writings touch on many themes, but are guided by this book's concern for a quest for public citizenship among all Latino populations and a better understanding of racialized populations in the U.S. today. No other book offers readers such a rich history of the Latino heritage--experienced in this book in the voices and political actions whose influence reached across generations.

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This new and innovative reader should be required reading for all Introduction to Latino Studies university classes. Hispanic Outlook An excellent compilation of the most prominent literature in the field, organized in a manner that makes the text tremendously useful to students, professors, and researchers. -- Antonia Darder, Claremont Graduate University The 21st century promises to be the Latino century. Vazquez and Torres have taken an excellent initiative. Latino/a Thought is an urgently needed collection, the most important and complete volume on the topic. -- Ramon Grosfoguel, University of California, Berkeley Latino/a Thought is thought-provoking. Press Democrat A most vital and important collection of contemporary social and political theory on Latino/a life in U.S. society, connecting it to historical political conditions in Latin America. This volume captures the essential ideas and practices of America's largest minority population. It's a wake-up call to a society which defines itself in multicultural terms, but yet lacks awareness and understanding of some of its most essential multicultural components. -- Felix M. Padilla, author of The Struggle of Latino University Students in Search of a Liberating Education Understanding Latinos requires understanding their history of resistance. Latino/a Thought provides an important glimpse into that history. By whetting the appetite of its readers, this book will encourage additional interest and research into the long history and contemporary manifestations of political resistance. -- Teresa Cordova, University of New Mexico, Alberquerque

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
General Introductionp. 1
Introduction for Students: Power/Knowledge, Language, and Everyday Lifep. 10
Historical Origins/Theoretical and Feminist(s) Contexts (ca. 1750 to 1900)p. 23
Serpientes y Escaleras: Frameworks and Scaffolds for Understanding Latino/a Political Thoughtp. 27
The Chicana Woman: An Historical Materialist Perspectivep. 27
Latina Politics/Latino Politicsp. 50
Reflections on Latino/as and Public Citizenshipp. 58
Carved Out of Language: Literary and Historical Discoursesp. 75
I Am Joaquin: An Epic Poem (1967)p. 75
America's Patriots Then and Now: Anticolonial Struggles and Latino/a Political Thoughtp. 88
Seduction and Aggression: The Birth of Territorial, Involuntary, and Cultural U.S. Citizensp. 101
The Making of a Tejano: The Personal Memoirs of John N. Seguinp. 102
Letter from James Buchanan and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgop. 121
From Spanish Colonies, to Independence, to U.S. American Colonies: The Treaty of Parisp. 132
U.S. Americans and Cubans: Relations of Mutual Desirep. 132
Meanings in Transitionp. 134
The Platt Amendment (1901)p. 145
Puerto Ricans: Political Status in Suspended Animationp. 147
The Shaping of a Colonial Policyp. 149
Summary and Conclusionp. 164
Poem: Last-Mambo-in-Miamip. 166
Life Within the Empire: (De) Constructing Political Positions and Identitiesp. 167
Resistance and Negotiation (ca. 1900 to 1960s)p. 171
Puerto Rican Resistance to, and Insistence on, U.S. Citizenshipp. 171
The Emergence of Feminism in Puerto Rico, 1870-1930p. 175
We Came Out of Prison Standing, Not on Our Kneesp. 184
Cuban Self-Determination under U.S. Hegemonyp. 191
El Exilio: National Security Interests and the Origins of the Cuban Exile Enclavep. 194
The Fragile Political Status of Mexican Americansp. 212
Our Feminist Heritagep. 215
El Primer Congreso Mexicanista de 1911: A Precursor to Contemporary Chicanismop. 220
Epilogue from Decade of Betrayalp. 240
Manifold Identities and Struggles (ca. 1960s to Present)p. 249
The Organizer's Talep. 249
Queer Aztlan: The Re-formation of Chicano Tribep. 258
Reconstructing Racial Identity: Ethnicity, Color, and Class among Dominicans in the United States and Puerto Ricop. 274
No Regrets: The Tough Choice between Freedom and Convictions Faced by Jailed Puerto Rican Activistsp. 289
Havana USAp. 293
Summary and Comparative Analysisp. 316
On the National Questionp. 319
Brown Beret National Policiesp. 324
Chicanos as a Postcolonial Minority: Some Questions Concerning the Adequacy of the Paradigm of Internal Colonialismp. 331
Young Lords Party: 13-Point Program and Platformp. 342
The Divorce of Nationalist Discourses from the Puerto Rican Peoplep. 348
Poem: native of nowherep. 365
Beyond the National-Colonial Dichotomy (History of the Present)p. 367
Transnational Political and Cultural Identities: Crossing Theoretical Bordersp. 370
Class and Culture Wars in the New Latino Politicsp. 385
The Decolonial Imaginary: Writing Chicanas into Historyp. 408
A Postdemocratic Erap. 415
Conclusionp. 417
Appendixesp. 421
The Development of World Historical Social Movementsp. 423
Comparative Chronology of Major Events in Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and U.S. Political Historyp. 424
Mexico's Northern Territories Lost to Conquest or Bought by the United Statesp. 426
Puerto Rico and Cuba: Strategic Locations for U.S. Security and for Migration to the United Statesp. 427
Chart of Latino/a Political Discourse as Presented in the Readerp. 428
Chart of Discursive Analysisp. 429
Rules and Procedures for the Control and Production of Discoursep. 430
Historical Materialismp. 433
Model for Service Learning, Community Organizing, Research, and Policy Makingp. 437
Journal and Other Exercises for Critical Thinking and Pedagogy: Thoughts and Suggestions for Classroom Usep. 438
Introduction to Seminaring in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studiesp. 442
Interactive Gamesp. 444
The Latino Student Congressp. 445
Community Assessment Study to Lead to Policy-Setting Agenda: An Outline of the Processp. 449
Goals for Cultural Center/Centro Culturalp. 450
Glossaryp. 451
Permissionsp. 457
Indexp. 461
About the Authorsp. 479
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ISBN: 9780847699414
ISBN-10: 0847699412
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 9th July 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 14.8  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.76