Batos, Bolillos, Pochos, And Pelados

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Overview

"The Valley of South Texas," a recent joke goes, "is a great place to live. It's so close to the United States." Culturally, this borderland region is both Mexican and Anglo-American, and its people span the full spectrum, from a minority who wish to remain insulated within strictly Anglo or Mexican communities and traditions to a majority who daily negotiate both worlds.

This fascinating book offers the fullest portrait currently available of the people of the South Texas borderlands. An outgrowth of the Borderlife Research Project conducted at the University of Texas-Pan American, it uses the voices of several hundred Valley residents, backed by the findings of sociological surveys, to describe the lives of migrant farm workers, colonia residents, undocumented domestic servants, maquila workers, and Mexican street children. Likewise, it explores race and ethnic relations among Mexican Americans, permanent Anglo residents, "Winter Texans," Blacks, and Mexican immigrants. From this firsthand material, the book vividly reveals how social class, race, and ethnicity have interacted to form a unique border culture.

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What People Are Saying

Rogelio Saenz
This book demonstrates the richness of the interethnic mosaic characterizing the Valley of South Texas.... By giving voice to local residents, Professor Richardson has amassed a valuable stock of knowledge concerning life along the Texas-Mexican border that is sorely missing in the extant literature.
Rogelio Saenz, Professor and Head of Sociology, Texas A&M University
Rogelio Saenz
This book demonstrates the richness of the interethnic mosaic characterizing the Valley of South Texas.... By giving voice to local residents, Professor Richardson has amassed a valuable stock of knowledge concerning life along the Texas-Mexican border that is sorely missing in the extant literature.
Rogelio Saenz
This book demonstrates the richness of the interethnic mosaic characterizing the Valley of South Texas.... By giving voice to local residents, Professor Richardson has amassed a valuable stock of knowledge concerning life along the Texas-Mexican border that is sorely missing in the extant literature.
-- Rogelio Saenz, Professor and Head of Sociology, Texas A&M University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292770904
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 1,401,847
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Borderlife Interview Projects
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. "Mamá, Nosotros Somos Migrantes": South Texas Farmworkers, 1950-1990 (with Cruz C. Torres and Juanita Valdez Cox)
Chapter 2. "A Nice House": The Colonias of South Texas
Chapter 3. "Only a Maid": Undocumented Domestic Workers in South Texas (with Cruz C. Torres)
Chapter 4. Social Class on the South Texas-Mexico Border
Chapter 5. The Pain of Gain: Fifty Years of Anglo-Hispanic Relations in South Texas Schools (with María Olivia Villarreal Solano)
Chapter 6. From Mexicanos to Mexican Americans
Chapter 7. "¡Ahí Viene el Bolillo!": Anglo Newcomers to South Texas
Chapter 8. Black, Brown, and White: Race and Ethnicity in South Texas
Appendix A: Student Interviewers
Appendix B: Borderlife Interview Surveys
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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