Migrant Imaginaries Latino Cultural Politics in the U. S. - Mexico Borderlands

ISBN-10: 0814716490

ISBN-13: 9780814716496

Edition: 2008

Authors: Alicia Schmidt Camacho

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In this beautiful study, Schmidt Camacho demonstrates that Mexican migrant imaginaries affirm in songs, manifestos, poetry, novels, and testimonies visions of justice that exceed the limits of the nation-form and the logics of capital accumulation Lisa Lowe, author of Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics Migrant Imaginaries explores the transnational movements of Mexican migrants in pursuit of labor and civil rights in the United States from the 1920s onward. Working through key historical moments such as the 1930s, the Chicano Movement, and contemporary globalization and neoliberalism, Alicia Schmidt Camacho examines the relationship between ethnic Mexican expressive culture and the practices sustaining migrant social movements. Combining sustained historical engagement with theoretical inquiries, she addresses how struggles for racial and gender equity, cross-border unity, and economic justice have defined the Mexican presence in the United States since 1910. Schmidt Camacho covers a range of archives and sources, including migrant testimonials and songs, Amrico Paredes last published novel, The Shadow, the film Salt of the Earth, the foundational manifestos of El Movimiento, Richard Rodriguez memoirs, narratives by Marisela Norte and Rosario Sanmiguel, and testimonios of Mexican women workers and human rights activists, as well as significant ethnographic research. Throughout, she demonstrates how Mexicans and Mexican Americans imagined their communal ties across the border, and used those bonds to contest their noncitizen status. Migrant Imaginaries places migrants at the center of the hemispheres most pressing concerns, contending that border crossers have long been vital to social change.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 7/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 388
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Acknowledgments
A Note on Language
Introduction
Border Crossers in Mexican American Cultural Politics
These People Are Not Aliens: Transborder Solidarity in the Shadow of Deportation
Migrant Modernisms: Racialized Development under the Bracero Program
No Constitution for Us: Class Racism and Cold War Unionism
Bordered Civil Rights: Migrants, Feminism, and the Radical Imagination in El Movimiento Chicano
Tracking the New Migrants: Richard Rodriguez and Liberal Retrenchment
Border Crossings: Frontiers of New Social Conflict
Narrative Acts: Fronteriza Stories of Labor and Subjectivity
Migrant Melancholia: Emergent Narratives of the Border Crossing
Afterword: A traves de la linea/Across the Line
Notes
Index
About the Author
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