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The Roots of Latino Urban Agency

Edited by Sharon A. Navarro and Rodolfo Rosales

Publication Year: 2013

The 2010 U.S. Census data showed that over the last decade the Latino population grew from 35.3 million to 50.5 million, accounting for more than half of the nation’s population growth. The editors of The Roots of Latino Urban Agency, Sharon Navarro and Rodolfo Rosales, have collected essays that examine this phenomenal growth. The greatest demographic expansion of communities of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans seeking political inclusion and access has been observed in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and San Antonio. Three premises guide this study. The first premise holds that in order to understand the Latino community in all its diversity, the analysis has to begin at the grassroots level. The second premise maintains that the political future of the Latino community in the United States in the twenty-first century will be largely determined by the various roles they have played in the major urban centers across the nation. The third premise argues that across the urban political landscape the Latino community has experienced different political formations, strategies and ultimately political outcomes in their various urban settings. These essays collectively suggest that political agency can encompass everything from voting, lobbying, networking, grassroots organizing, and mobilization, to dramatic protest. Latinos are in fact gaining access to the same political institutions that worked so hard to marginalize them.

Published by: University of North Texas Press

Series: Al Filo: Mexican American Studies Series


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-2

I (Rodolfo) take a point of privilege in thanking my entire immediate family who never tire of my discussions of the intellectual work that we have to do to understand where we are as a Latino community, Rosa Rosales, Rudy Rosales, Jr., Miguel Angel Rosales, Gabriel Yaotequia Rosales, and my grand-daughter Bianca Rosales (my two rug-rat grandsons are not there yet). We ...

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Introduction: Latino Urban Agency, Sharon A. Navarro and Rodolfo Rosales

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pp. 3-12

Th e d e c i s i o n T o c o m p i l e T h i s c o l l e c T i o n o f e s s ay s o n T h e u r b a n political presence of the Latino community was based on a critically important question that is generally taken for granted when analyzing Latino politics. This question has to do with the definition of Latino poli-tics in a changing political landscape in America. Is there, or can there be, ...

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1. Latino Political Agency in Los Angeles Past and Present: Diverse Conflicts, Diverse Coalitions, and Fates that Intertwine, Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval

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pp. 13-42

...aT T h e T i m e o f ca l i f o r n i a sT a T e h o o d i n 1850, T h e f i r s T lo s an g e l e s City Council included eight members: seven were of Mexican origin and only one was Anglo American. In the decades that followed, however, the political power and influence of the old Mexican Californio elite?who wane.1 So dramatic was the ensuing loss of political representation that ...

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2. The Rebirth of Latino Urban Agency in San Francisco: From the MCO to the MAC, 1967-2006, Richard Edward DeLeon

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pp. 43-66

Th i s i s a n a n a l y T i c a l c a s e s T u d y o f T h e f a l l a n d r i s e o f la T i n o u r b a n agency in San Francisco, with a sharp focus on the city?s predominately Latino Mission District over the period 1967?2006. The argument to be made here, based on the case study, is that San Francisco?s Latino commu-nity is at once politically empowered and economically threatened by the ...

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3. The Fight for School Equity in Chicago's Latino Neighborhoods, Melissa R. Michelson

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pp. 67-80

...la T i n o s i n ch i c a g o h a v e a l o n g h i s T o r y o f s u c c e s s f u l c o m m u n i T y political action. As Latinos began to move to Chicago during World War I, they almost immediately found themselves forming voluntary asso-ciations in response to the hardships they faced as newcomers. During subsequent decades, these groups began to cross neighborhood lines and ...

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4. Manny Diaz and the Rise and Fall of the Miami Renaissance, Jessica Lavariega Monforti, Juan Carlos, and Dario Moreno

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pp. 81-96

...in T h e e a r l y T o m i d -2000s, mi a m i u n d e r w e n T T h e l a r g e s T r e a l e s T a T e boom and bust in its history. The frenzy of new construction in Miami?s urban core radically transformed the politics and demographics of the ?Magic City.? Hispanics, especially the city?s powerful Cuban American busi-ness and political establishment, were the prime agents behind the redevel-...

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5. "I Don't See Color, I Just Vote for the Best Candidate" : The Persistance of Ethnically Polarized Voting, Sylvia Manzano and Arturo Vega

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pp. 97-120

...?Ladies and Gentlemen: I have always abided by the axiom that one should never discuss politics or religion with anyone but your imme-diate family. To do otherwise is a formula for creating a long list of former friends and associates. . . . That said, I feel so strongly about the Mayor?s race that I am compelled to break my own rule. . . . Mr. ...

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Conclusion: Latino Urban Agency in the 21st Century, Sharon A. Navarro and Rodolfo Rosales

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pp. 121-128

Th e f o c u s o f T h i s v o l u m e h a s b e e n o n c i T i e s w h e r e la T i n o s h a v e , throughout the twentieth century, busied themselves in establishing their cultural, social, economic, and political roots. Indeed, Latinos have, espe-cially after WWII, engaged in politics in their respective urban spaces, strug-gling to shape those spaces to their needs. Continuing into the twenty-first ...


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pp. 129-148


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pp. 149-167

E-ISBN-13: 9781574415421
Print-ISBN-13: 9781574415308

Page Count: 192
Illustrations: 1 map.
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Al Filo: Mexican American Studies Series
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OCLC Number: 863158297
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  • Hispanic Americans -- Politics and government.
  • Political participation -- United States.
  • Metropolitan government -- United States.
  • United States -- Ethnic relations -- Political aspects.
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