Constructing Identities in Mexican-American Political Organizations
Choosing Issues, Taking Sides
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: University of Texas Press
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I have incurred many debts in the process of completing this project. I would like to acknowledge the many friends and colleagues who read and commented on various portions of my work. I owe thanks to Dionne Espinoza, Richard Merelman, Christine Sierra, Rudy Espino, Booth Fowler, ...
1. Mexican-American Organizations and Identity Politics
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The formation of a political identity is a critical issue in multiracial societies. Collective identities emphasize similarities among citizens, what is held in common, criteria for group membership, and difference from others. Identities can offer the individual psychological health, personal authenticity, and attachment to community. ...
2. Constructing Identities in Mexican-American Social Movement Organizations
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Social identity is an understanding of ourselves and of who other people are, and, reciprocally, other people’s understanding of themselves and others (Jenkins 1996: 5). Political identity is also a process by which individuals and groups are distinguished in their social relations with other individuals and groups. ...
3. Voces Unidas: The Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice
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The Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (SNEEJ) is a network of organizations created in 1990 by activists working with the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. SWOP had been created ten years earlier by former Chicano Movement activists, ...
4. Standing for the Whole: The Southwest Areas Industrial Foundation Network
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Saul Alinsky is arguably America’s leading theorist of community organizing. His books on community power have become classics in the field of grassroots organizing (Alinsky 1969, 1971). In 1940 Alinsky founded the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), a school for community activists that he directed until his death in 1972 (Horwitt 1989). ...
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In the first three decades of the twentieth century Mexican Americans created a number of important labor and civil rights organizations. Most of the historical scholarship on this period documents the activities of groups defending the rights of poor and working-class Mexican Americans. ...
6. One Dream, Many Voices: The Mexican American Women’s National Association
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The Mexican American Women’s National Association (MANA) was formed in 1974 by four Mexican-American professionals residing in the Washington, D.C., area: Gloria Hernandez, Bettie Baca, Sharleen Maldonado Cross, and Blandina Cardenas (MANA ca. 1977; ‘‘Washington Scene’’ 1977; Crocker-Valenzuela 1984). ...
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Public opinion polls reveal that Mexican Americans have a strong interest in the problems facing their people, believe discrimination continues to be a significant problem, andmaintain that Mexican Americans have an obligation to help one another (De la Garza et al. 1992; Welch and Sigelman 1993). ...
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Page Count: 181
Illustrations: 17 photos
Publication Year: 2003