Mexican Hometown Associations in Chicagoacan: From Local to Transnational Civic Engagement Xóchitl Bada

ISBN: 9781306688949

Published: May 21st 2014

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242 pages


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Mexican Hometown Associations in Chicagoacan: From Local to Transnational Civic Engagement  by  Xóchitl Bada

Mexican Hometown Associations in Chicagoacan: From Local to Transnational Civic Engagement by Xóchitl Bada
May 21st 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 242 pages | ISBN: 9781306688949 | 3.61 Mb

Chicago is home to the second-largest Mexican immigrant population in the United States, yet the activities of this community have gone relatively unexamined by both the media and academia. In this groundbreaking new book, Xochitl Bada takes usMoreChicago is home to the second-largest Mexican immigrant population in the United States, yet the activities of this community have gone relatively unexamined by both the media and academia. In this groundbreaking new book, Xochitl Bada takes us inside one of the most vital parts of Chicagos Mexican immigrant community--its many hometown associations.Hometown associations (HTAs) consist of immigrants from the same town in Mexico and often begin quite informally, as soccer clubs or prayer groups.

As Badas work shows, however, HTAs have become a powerful force for change, advocating for Mexican immigrants in the United States while also working to improve living conditions in their communities of origin. Focusing on a group of HTAs founded by immigrants from the state of Michoacan, the book shows how their activism has bridged public and private spheres, mobilizing social reforms in both inner-city Chicago and rural Mexico.Bringing together ethnography, political theory, and archival research, Bada excavates the surprisingly long history of Chicagos HTAs, dating back to the 1920s, then traces the emergence of new models of community activism in the twenty-first century.

Filled with vivid observations and original interviews, Mexican Hometown Associations in Chicagoacan gives voice to an underrepresented community and sheds light on an underexplored form of global activism.



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