Latino/a Thought: Culture, Politics, and Society / Edition 1

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Latino/a Thought brings together the most important writings that shape Latino consciousness, culture, and activism today. This historical anthology is unique in its presentation of cross cultural writings—especially from Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban writers and political documents—that shape the ideology and experience of U.S. Latinos. Students can read, first hand, the works or authors who most shaped their cultural heritage. They are guided by vivid introductions that set each article or document in its historical context and describe its relevance today. The writings touch on many themes, but are guided by this book's concern for a quest for public citizenship among all Latino populations and a better understanding of racialized populations in the U.S. today. No other book offers readers such a rich history of the Latino heritage—experienced in this book in the voices and political actions whose influence reached across generations.

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Editorial Reviews

Hispanic Outlook
This new and innovative reader should be required reading for all Introduction to Latino Studies university classes.
Press Democrat
Latino/a Thought is thought-provoking.
Antonia Darder
An excellent compilation of the most prominent literature in the field, organized in a manner that makes the text tremendously useful to students, professors, and researchers.
Ramón Grosfoguel
The 21st century promises to be the Latino century. Vazquez and Torres have taken an excellent initiative. Latino/a Thought is an urgently needed collection, the most important and complete volume on the topic.
Felix M. Padilla
A most vital and important collection of contemporary social and political theory on Latino/a life in U.S. society, connecting it to historical political conditions in Latin America. This volume captures the essential ideas and practices of America's largest minority population. It's a wake-up call to a society which defines itself in multicultural terms, but yet lacks awareness and understanding of some of its most essential multicultural components.
Teresa Cordova
Understanding Latinos requires understanding their history of resistance. Latino/a Thought provides an important glimpse into that history. By whetting the appetite of its readers, this book will encourage additional interest and research into the long history and contemporary manifestations of political resistance.
Looking at the "third force" that US Latino/as have become, V<'a>squez (history of ideas, Sonoma State U., California) and Torres (education/political science/urban planning, U. of California, Irvine) direct students of these 29 readings to ponder questions of power, language, and daily life. Appendices include a comparative chronology of major events in select Latin countries and the US; maps relating to conquest and immigration; and a model for service learning, community organizing, research and policymaking. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847699414
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 494
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Rodolfo D. Torres is associate professor of education, political science, and urban and regional planning, and is a member of the Focused Research Program in Labor Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Among his books are Latino Metropolis (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), Latino Social Movements (Routledge, 1999), and Race, Identity, and Citizenship (Blackwell, 1999). Francisco H. Vazquez is professor of history and philosophy and director of the Hutchins Center for Interdiscplinary Learning at Sonoma State University, California. Among his publications are: "Philosophy in Mexico: The Opium of the Intellectuals or a Prophetic Insight," (Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory, Vol. 4, No. 3 , 1980) and "Chicanology: A Postmodern Analysis of Meshicano Discourse," ( Perspectives in Mexican Amercian Studies, Volume 3, 1992).

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Table of Contents

Part 1 General Introduction Part 2 Introduction for Students: Power/Knowledge, Language, and Everyday Life Part 3 PART ONE: Historical Origins/Theoretical and Feminists Contexts (ca. 1750 to 1900) Part 4 Serpientes y Escaleras: Frameworks and Scaffolds for Understanding Latina/o Political Thought Chapter 5 1. The Chicana Woman: An Historical Materialist Perspective Chapter 6 2. Latina Politics, Latino Politics Chapter 7 3. Reflections on Latinos/as and Public Citizenship Part 8 Carved Out of Language: Literary and Historical Discourses Chapter 9 4. I Am Joaquin: An Epic Poem (1967) Chapter 10 5. America's Patriots Then and Now: Anticolonial Struggles and Latino/a Political Thought Part 11 Seduction and Aggression: The Birth of Territorial, Involuntary, and Cultural U.S. Citizens Chapter 12 From Polis to Ethnos: How Mexicana/os Became Chicana/os Chapter 13 6. The Making of a Tejano: The Personal Memoirs of John N. Seguin Chapter 14 7. Letter from James Buchanan and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Chapter 15 From Spanish Colonies, to Independence, to U.S. American Colonies: The Treaty of Paris Chapter 16 U.S. Americans and Cubans: Relations of Mutual Desire Chapter 17 8. Meanings in Transition Chapter 18 9. The Platt Amendment (1901) Chapter 19 Puerto Ricans: Political Status in Suspended Animation Chapter 20 10. The Shaping of a Colonial Policy Chapter 21 Poem: Last-Mambo-in-Miami Part 23 Resistance and Negotiation (ca. 1900-1960s) Part 23 PART TWO: Life Within the Empire: (De) Constructing Political Positions and Identities Chapter 24 Puerto Rican Resistance to, and Insistence on, Citizenship Chapter 25 11. The Emergence of Feminism in Puerto Rico, 1870-1930 Chapter 26 12. We Came Out of Prison Standing, Not on Our Knees Chapter 27 Cuban Self-Determination under U.S. Hegemony Chapter 28 13. El Exilio: National Security Interests and the Origins of the Cuban Exile Enclave Chapter 29 The Fragile Political Status of Mexican Americans Chapter 30 14. Our Feminist Heritage Chapter 31 15. El Primer Congreso Mexicanista de 1911: A Precursor to Contemporary Chicanismo Chapter 32 16. Epilogue from Decade of Betrayal Part 33 Manifold Identities and Struggles (ca. 1960s to the present) Chapter 34 17. The Organizer's Tale Chapter 35 18. Queer Aztlán: The Re-formation of Chicano Tribe Chapter 36 19. Reconstructing Racial Identity: Ethnicity, Color, and Class among Dominicans in the United States and Puerto Rico Chapter 37 20. No Regrets: The Tough Choice Between Freedom and Convictions Faced by Jailed Puerto Rican Activists Chapter 38 21. Havana U.S.A. Part 39 PART THREE: On the National Question Chapter 40 22. Brown Beret National Policies Chapter 41 23. Chicanos as a Postcolonial Minority: Some Questions Concerning the Adequacy of the Paradigm of Internal Colonialism Chapter 42 24. Young Lords Party 13 Point Program and Platform Chapter 43 25. The Divorce of Nationalist Discourses from the Puerto Rican People Chapter 44 Poem: native of nowhere Part 45 PART FOUR: Beyond the National-Colonial Dichotomy (History of the Present) Chapter 46 26. Transnational Political and Cultural Identities: Crossing Theoretical Borders Chapter 47 27. Class and Culture Wars in the New Latino Politics Chapter 48 28. The Decolonial Imaginary: Writing Chicanas into History Chapter 49 29. A Postdemocratic Era Part 50 PART FIVE: Conclusion Part 51 Appendix 1. Timelines Chapter 52 A. The Development of World Historical Social Movements Chapter 53 B. Comparative Chronology of Major Events in Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and U.S. Political History Part 54 Appendix 2. Maps Chapter 55 A. Mexico's Northern Territories Lost to Conquest or Bought by the United States Chapter 56 B. Puerto Rico and Cuba: Strategic Locations for U.S. Security and for Migration to the United States Part 57 Appendix 3. Chart of Latina/o Political Discourse as Presented in the Reader Part 58 Appendix 4. Chart of Discursive Analysis Part 59 Appendix 5. Rules and Procedures for the Control and Production of Discourse Part 60 Appendix 6. Historical Materialism Part 61 Appendix 7. Model for Service Learning and Community Involvement in Research and Policy Making Chapter 62 A. Journal and Other Exercises for Critical Thinking and Pedagogy: Suggestions for Classroom Use Chapter 63 B. Introduction to Seminaring in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies Chapter 64 C. Interactive Games Chapter 65 D. The Latino Student Congress Chapter 66 E. Community Assessment Study to Lead to Policy-Setting Agenda: An Outline of the Process Chapter 67 F. Goals for Cultural Center/Centro Cultural

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