Latino Los Angeles: Transformations, Communities, and Activism by Enrique C. Ochoa, Gilda L. Ochoa (Paperback, 2005)
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- DescriptionAs the twenth-first century begins, Latinas/os represent 45 percent of the residents of Los Angeles County, making them the largest racial/ethnic group in the region. At the same time, the shift from manufacturing to a service-based ecomy in the area has contributed to a decline in good-paying jobs, significantly impacting working class families. These transformations have created a backlash that has included state propositions impacting Latinas/os and escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric, nd Latina/os of all backgrounds are making their voices heard. Until recently, most research on Latinas/os in the U.S. has igred historical and contemporary dynamics in Latin America, just as scholars of Latin America have generally stopped their studies at the border. This volume roots Los Angeles in the larger arena of globalization, exploring the demographic changes that have transformed the Lati presence in LA from primarily Mexican-origin to one that w includes peoples from throughout the hemisphere. Bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines, it combines historical perspectives with analyses of power and inequality to consider how Latinas/os are responding to exclusionary immigration, labor, and schooling practices and actively creating communities. The contributors examine Latina/o Los Angeles in the context of historical, ecomic and social factors that have shaped the region. The first section provides contexts for understanding Latina/o migration, with chapters focusing on such factors as U.S. ecomic and military domination, labor and ecomic integration in the Americas, and Los Angeles ecomic history. The second section considers how various Latina/o groups have settled and formed communities and interacted with the existing Mexican-origin populations, showing how Zapotecs, Salvadorans, and other peoples are remaking urban demographics. The final section on labor organizing and political activism examines the role of Latina/o immigrants in such actions as the janitors strike and also considers the contemporary role of students in political activism. The volume concludes with an up-to-date compilation of contemporary scholarship on immigration, the ecomy, schools, neighborhoods, gender and activism as they relate to Central American and Mexican immigrants. Reflecting a range of methodologies'statistical, historical, ethgraphic, and participatory research this collection is relevant t only to ethnic studies but also to broader concerns in political science, sociology, history, ecomics, and urban studies. In addition, some chapters focus explicitly on women, and gender issues are interwoven throughout the text. Lati Los Angeles is an important work that contributes to contemporary scholarship on transnationalism as it reexamines the changing face of America's largest western metropolis.
- Author BiographyEnrique C. Ochoa is Professor of History at California State University Los Angeles and author of Feeding Mexico: The Political Uses of Food Since 1910. Gilda L. Ochoa is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicana/o Studies at Pomona College and author of Becoming Neighbors in a Mexican American Community: Power, Conflict, and Solidarity.
- Author(s)Enrique C. Ochoa,Gilda L. Ochoa
- PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
- Date of Publication15/11/2005
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationTucson
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Arizona Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight456 g
- Width156 mm
- Height227 mm
- Spine21 mm
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