Chicano Politics and Society in the Late Twentieth Century

9780292752153: Paperback
Release Date: 1st January 1998

8 tables, 1 figure

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 293

University of Texas Press

Chicano Politics and Society in the Late Twentieth Century

Edited by
David Montejano
Paperback / £21.99

The various protest movements that together constituted the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s urged a "politics of inclusion" to bring Mexican Americans into the mainstream of United States political and social life. This volume of ten specially commissioned essays assesses the post-movement years, asking "what went wrong? what went right? and where are we now?" Collectively, the essays offer a wide-ranging portrayal of the complex situation of Mexican Americans as the twenty-first century begins.

The essays are grouped into community, institutional, and general studies, with an introduction by editor Montejano. Geographically, they point to the importance of "Hispanic" politics in the Southwest, as well as in Chicago wards and in the U.S. Congress, with ramifications in Mexico and Central America. Thematically, they discuss "non-traditional" politics stemming from gender identity, environmental issues, theatre production, labor organizing, university policymaking, along with the more traditional politics revolving around state and city government, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and various advocacy organizations.

  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: On the Question of Inclusion (David Montejano)
  • Part One: Community Studies
  • One: Personality and Style in San Antonio Politics: Henry Cisneros and Bernardo Eureste, 1975-1985 (Rodolfo Rosales)
  • Two: Harold Washington and the Rise of Latino Electoral Politics in Chicago, 1982-1987 (Teresa Córdova)
  • Three: Gendered Citizenship: Mexican American Women and Grassroots Activism in East Los Angeles, 1986-1992 (Mary Pardo)
  • Part Two: Institutional Studies
  • Four: The Struggle Within: The California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, 1975-1990 (Margarita Arce Decierdo)
  • Five: Protest and Affirmative Action in the 198os: The Case of the University of New Mexico (Phillip B. Gonzales)
  • Six: In Search of National Power: Chicanos Working the System on Immigration Reform, 1976-1986 (Christine Marie Sierra)
  • Seven: Chicano Politics and U.S. Policy in Central America, 1979-1990 (Antonio González)
  • Part Three: General Studies
  • Eight: Politics and Chicano Culture: Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino, 1964-1990 (Roy Eric Xavier)
  • Nine: Where Have All the Nationalists Gone?: Change and Persistence in Radical Political Attitudes among Chicanos, 1976-1986 (Martín Sanchez Jankowski)
  • Conclusion: On the Future of Anglo-Mexican Relations in the United States (David Montejano)
  • About the Authors
  • Index

David Montejano is Professor of Ethnic Studies and History at the University of California, Berkeley

"One of the first critical assessments of many events and issues related to Chicana/o politics after 1975, i.e., after the height of the politics associated with the Chicano Movement.... The range of issues and topics examined will assuredly guarantee a wide readership."

Luis Ricardo Fraga, Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University