Illusion of Inclusion The Untold Political Story of San Antonio

ISBN-10: 0292771037

ISBN-13: 9780292771031

Edition: 2000

Authors: Rodolfo Rosales

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"Imaginative and rich political science. . . . Rosales' analysis of middle-class Chicano activism in the early postwar era is both a new and an important contribution to our knowledge of San Antonio's and Texas' recent political history. . . . Also, the clarity of the book's writing and structure make it a good candidate for use in intermediate undergraduate urban and/or minority politics classes."-Sidney Plotkin, Professor and Chair of Political Science, Vassar CollegeTo many observers, the 1981 election of Henry Cisneros as mayor of San Antonio, Texas, represented the culminating victory in the Chicano community's decades-long struggle for inclusion in the city's political life. Yet, nearly twenty years later, inclusion is still largely an illusion for many working-class and poor Chicanas and Chicanos, since business interests continue to set the city's political and economic priorities.In this book, Rodolfo Rosales offers the first in-depth history of the Chicano community's struggle for inclusion in the political life of San Antonio during the years 1951 to 1991, drawn from interviews with key participants as well as archival research. He focuses on the political and organizational activities of the Chicano middle class in the context of post-World War II municipal reform and how it led ultimately to independent political representation for the Chicano community. Of special interest is his extended discussion of the role of Chicana middle-class women as they gained greater political visibility in the 1980s.Rodolfo Rosales is Associate Professor of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio.Center for Mexican American Studies History, Culture, and Society Series
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Posing the Correct Questions
The Partisan Era
The Shaping of a Political Agenda and Its Consequences
Coalition Politics: Trench Political Warfare
A Period of Transition
The Changing of the Guard
The Transitional Period-Faces of San Antonio through Time: Photographs
Political Pluralism and Its Consequences
Style and Strategy in San Antonio Politics
The Cultural Is Political; the Political Is Cultural
The Question of Inclusion: A Final Note
San Antonio Mayors and City Council Members, 1951-1999
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