Remaking Citizenship: Latina Immigrants and New American Politics

Remaking Citizenship: Latina Immigrants and New American Politics

by Kathleen Coll
     
 

Standing at the intersection of immigration and welfare reform, immigrant Latin American women are the target of special scrutiny in the United States, both by the state and the media. They are often presented as scheming, transnational "welfare queens" or as long-suffering, silent victims of globalization and machismo. Remaking Citizenship argues for a

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Standing at the intersection of immigration and welfare reform, immigrant Latin American women are the target of special scrutiny in the United States, both by the state and the media. They are often presented as scheming, transnational "welfare queens" or as long-suffering, silent victims of globalization and machismo. Remaking Citizenship argues for a reformulation of American definitions of citizenship and politics, one inspired by women who are usually perceived to be excluded from both.

Weaving the life stories of Mexican and Central American women with history and analysis of the anti-immigrant upsurge in 1990s California, this compelling book examines the impact of national immigration and welfare reform legislation on individual women's lives and their engagement in grassroots political organizing. Through their stories of personal and political transformation, these women offer a new vision of politics rooted in concerns as disparate as domestic violence, childrearing, women's self-esteem, and immigrant and workers' rights.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804758222
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/03/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
233
Sales rank:
1,312,632
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Kathleen Coll is a Lecturer in Feminist Studies and Anthropology at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Conviviendo con Mujeres Unidas y Activas: Passing the Time with MUA 23

2 Law, Politics, and the American Dream 51

3 Learning the Ropes: Stories of Motherhood and Citizenship 73

4 Autoestima y la Doble Misión del Grupo: Self-Esteem and the Dual Mission of the Group 100

5 Desahogandose y Aprendiendo a Hablar: Speaking Up and Speaking Out 116

6 Convivencia, Necesidades y Problemas: Vernaculars of Belonging and Coalition 133

7 Remaking Citizenship: Immigrants, Personhood, and Human Rights 154

Appendix 185

Notes 193

References 209

Index 225

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