ÃƒÂViva la Raza!
Chicano Identity and Resistance
AUTHOR: Alaniz, Yolanda and Cornish, Megan
PUBLISHER: Monthly Review Press
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U.S. history is often treated as if conquest and dispossession ended a century or more ago. In recent decades, increasing numbers of Chicanos—that is, people of Mexican ancestry, born in the United States—have fought against the second-class status afforded them by conquest of the southwest of the United States and perpetuated by racial domination.
This book provides a history of Chicano politics, from the incorporation of parts of Mexico into the U.S. to the present. It discusses the main theoretical issues debated in Chicano politics, and proposes a strategy for Chicano liberation. It traces Chicano struggles in industry, agriculture, and education, and examines issues such as police brutality and the emergence of Chicano gays. It analyzes the role of radical organizations in giving form to Chicano identity and resistance and provides a wide-ranging critique of the Chicano cultural nationalism that was dominant in the 1960s and 70s. It gives particular attention to the role of women in each historical period.
Â¡Viva la Raza! reconstructs the history of a group with an increasingly significant presence in U.S. politics, labor, and education. At the same time, it is a revealing analysis of the workings of race and nationality in the United States, and a vital contribution to developing a socialist perspective that meets the needs of our time.
PUBLICATION DATE: 12/1/2006
CATEGORY: Political Science, Social Science