Seeking Community In Global City: Guatemalans & Salvadorans In Los Angeles / Edition 1

Seeking Community In Global City: Guatemalans & Salvadorans In Los Angeles / Edition 1

by Nora Hamilton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1566398681

ISBN-13: 9781566398688

Pub. Date: 03/21/2001

Publisher: Temple University Press

Driven by the pressures of poverty and civil strife at home, large numbers of Central Americans came to the Los Angeles area during the 1980s. Neither purely economic migrants, although they were in search of stable work, nor official refugees, although they carried the scars of war and persecution (since they were denied the aid given to refugees such as Cubans and

Overview

Driven by the pressures of poverty and civil strife at home, large numbers of Central Americans came to the Los Angeles area during the 1980s. Neither purely economic migrants, although they were in search of stable work, nor official refugees, although they carried the scars of war and persecution (since they were denied the aid given to refugees such as Cubans and Vietnamese), these immigrants sought refuge in a city undergoing massive economic and demographic shifts. The result was -- and is -- a complex interaction that will help to reconceptualize the migration experience.

Based on twenty years of work with the Los Angeles Central American community and filled with facts, figures, and personal narratives, Seeking Community in a Global City presents this saga from many perspectives. The authors examine the forces in Central America that sent thousands of people streaming across international borders. They discuss economic, political, and demographic changes in the Los Angeles region and the difficulties the new immigrants faced in negotiating a new, urban environment. They look at family roles, networking, work strategies, and inter-ethnic relations. But they also consider policy issues and alliances, changing expectations, shifting priorities, and the reciprocal effect of the migrants and the city on each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566398688
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
03/21/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Tablesvii
Prefaceix
1Introduction1
2Origins and Patterns of Central American Migration17
3Negotiating the Urban Scene36
4The Struggle for Survival: Working in Los Angeles70
5Seeking Justice, Challenging Policy119
6The 1990s: Changing Contexts, Shifting Expectations152
7Organizing Locally and Transnationally: Changing Priorities, Strategies, and Alliances180
8The Elusive Community: Salvadorans and Guatemalans in Los Angeles219
Appendix AChronology of Events233
Appendix BPartial List of Informants245
Notes249
References259
Index279

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