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Mexican Hometown Associations in Chicagoacan: From Local to Transnational Civic Engagement - Latinidad: Transnational Cultures in the United States (Hardback)
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Mexican Hometown Associations in Chicagoacan: From Local to Transnational Civic Engagement - Latinidad: Transnational Cultures in the United States (Hardback)

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Hardback 242 Pages / Published: 30/03/2014
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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 us inside one of the most vital parts of Chicago's Mexican immigrant community - its many hometown associations.

Hometown associations (HTA's) consist of immigrants from the same town in Mexico and often begin quite informally, as soccer clubs or prayer groups. As Bada's work shows, however, HTAs gave 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 Chicago's 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.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813564937
Number of pages: 242
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is an engaging, well researched, and thoughtfully organized book on an important topic--the transnational civic engagement of Mexican migrants and their organizations on both sides of the US-Mexico border."--Michael Peter Smith "co-author of Citizenship Across Borders "
"Xochitl Bada's richly nuanced study provides compelling evidence that migrant hometown associations have become an integral part of Chicago's civic landscape, while simultaneously gaining standing as path-breaking advocates for accountable governance at local, state and national levels in Mexico."--Jonathan Fox "author of Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico "

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