Mestizo in America Generations of Mexican Ethnicity in the Suburban Southwest

ISBN-10: 0816525056
ISBN-13: 9780816525058
Edition: 2006
Authors: Thomas Macias
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 9/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594

How much does ethnicity matter to Mexican Americans today, when many marry outside their culture and some can't even stomach menudo? This book addresses that question through a unique blend of quantitative data and firsthand interviews with third-plus-generation Mexican Americans. Latinos are being woven into the fabric of American life, to be sure, but in a way quite distinct from ethnic groups that have come from other parts of the world. By focusing on individuals' feelings regarding acculturation, work experience, and ethnic identity--"and incorporating Mexican-Anglo intermarriage statistics--"Thomas Macias compares the successes and hardships of Mexican immigrants with those of previous European arrivals. He describes how continual immigration, the growth of the Latino population, and the Chicano Movement have been important factors in shaping the experience of Mexican Americans, and he argues that Mexican American identity is often not merely an "ethnic option" but a necessary response to stereotyping and interactions with Anglo society. Talking with fifty third-plus-generation Mexican Americans from Phoenix and San Jose--"representative of the seven million nationally with at least one immigrant grandparent--"he shows how people utilize such cultural resources as religion, spoken Spanish, and cross-national encounters to reinforce Mexican ethnicity in their daily lives. He then demonstrates that, although social integration for Mexican Americans shares many elements with that of most European Americans, forces related to ethnic concentration, social inequality, and identity politics combine to make ethnicity for Mexican Americans more fixed across generations. Enhancing researchalready available on first-and second-generation Mexican Americans, Macias's study also complements research done on other third-plus-generation ethnic groups and provides the empirical data needed to understand the commonalities and differences between them. His work plumbs the changing meaning of

List of Illustrations
Preface: A Mestizo Point of View
Acknowledgments
The Restricted Entry of a Forbidden Term
Imagining Mexican American Culture
Work, Organizations, and the Legacy of Chicanismo
The Social Contours of American Mestizaje
Mexican-Origin Identities Past the Second Generation
Imagining Mestizaje in a Sociological Way
Selected Respondent Attributes
Third-Plus-Generation Mexican American Interview Schedule
Sample Selection and Interview Procedures
Methodological Appendix for Chapter 4
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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