Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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p. vii

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Preface: Pioneering Ownership of Greater Lafayette

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pp. ix-xxvi

I met Mercedes at her home on a crisp spring morning. It had been a year since she and I had first met and developed an immediate connection. We were both daughters of Mexican immigrants, both college-educated, both trying to understand the latest arrivals to Greater Lafayette.1 Throughout 2006..

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Introduction: Bienvenidos a Hoosierlandia: Asserting Ethnic Belonging at the “Crossroads of America”

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pp. 1-20

In April 2006 an estimated 20,000 immigrtion rights supporters marched onto the streets of Indianapolis.1 Sung to the melody of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” the “Himno al Inmigrante” [Hymn for the Immigrant] elicited boisterous cries from thousands who traveled, some for hours, to chant, sing...

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1. Recuerdos de Lafayette: The Making and Forgetting of the Past in Central Indiana

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pp. 21-60

Though it was dark and cold outside St. Boniface Catholic Church, the warmth and enthusiasm of Latino parishioners illuminated the sanctuary space with pre-dawn festivities to Our Lady of Guadalupe. At 3:00 a.m. on December 12, 2006 the Spanish choir began the events with Las Mañanitas.1 After...

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2. Kneading Home: Creating Community While Navigating Borders

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pp. 61-98

Residents of central Indiana were accustomed to chilly December evenings that marked the inevitable arrival of winter. Gray, dank weather patterns often limited open-air evening events. December 12, however, was different. As described previously, on this day Lafayette’s Latino Catholics were up before...

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3. Written Otherings: Policing Community at the “Crossroads of America”

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pp. 99-134

In 2006, political attacks targeted undocumented immigrants and marked Latinos as worthy of suspicion. The pain, the fear of being positioned as an internal enemy, hovered over undocumented families. Even within the walls of their own homes, undocumented immigrants faced anxieties about their...

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4. Clashes at the Crossroads: The Impact of Microaggressions and Other Otherings in Daily Life

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pp. 135-172

On any given weekend, Wal-Mart’s automatic doors seemed to welcome customers of various socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Latino and non-Latino residents often co-existed while searching for alluring deals that promised American capitalism in that ostentatious bright blue packaging. Indeed...

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5. “United We Are Stronger”: Clarifying Everyday Encounters with Belonging

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pp. 173-216

Reading the letters to the editor, hearing about work harassment, and sitting across from participants who held such negative feelings toward undocumented immigrants was at times infuriating. As a child of once-undocumented immigrants myself, I felt the sting of ignorance personally. After some interviews, I was enveloped by the foulness that lingered from engaging...

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Conclusion: The Politics of Belonging Wages On: How State-Based Legislation Affects Community in Indiana

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pp. 217-226

The narratives in this book have illustrated the impact of immigration politics on a town and how race, gender, class, and ethnicity determined one’s right to community. All residents of Lafayette took part in religious, ethnic, and familial communities of their own, but there was a collective sense of belonging to this particular midwestern city. Interacting at multiple moments...

Notes

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pp. 227-240

Bibliography

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pp. 241-258

Index

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pp. 259-262

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About the Author

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pp. 263-263

Sujey Vega is Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. Her research centers on aggrieved communities and topics such as gender, intersectionality, immigration, and religion. Currently, her...