Vallejo, Jody Agius. Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican American Middle Class. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012.
Barack Obama’s 2012 electoral victory highlighted many things about the American electorate, perhaps most notably the growing power of Mexican-American voters. The influence of these voters might someday send shockwaves through the American political system and, some might say, has the potential to turn some deeply red states blue (or, at least, a shade of blue). Sadly, scholars have devoted precious little time to studying this increasingly important demographic. In her insightful new book, Barrios to Burbs, sociologist Jody Aquis Vallejo argues that even “the majority of research on the Mexican-American population in the United States unintentionally contributes to the idea that Mexican Americans [are a mostly impoverished and marginalized people] by focusing on poor and unauthorized workers…who remain in disadvantaged or working-class ethnic communities” (2). Her book seeks, in part, to offer a corrective to a heavily unbalanced scholarly literature. Continue reading
William Deverell’s 2005 Whitewashed Adobe illuminates the chronicle of Anglo American perceptions to Mexicans from the 1850s to the 1930s, a period where the development of Los Angeles saw an increase in racial discrimination. Deverell argues that due to the barrioization of Mexican neighborhoods forced upon from gentrification processes, as well as a sudden outbreak of Black Death (Bubonic plague) in these areas, Anglo Americans formed a distasteful disposition toward their Mexican Angeleno counterparts. Continue reading
Religion on the Move: Movement, Migration, Missions and New Media across Religious Traditions
Columbia University, Department of Religion
Annual Graduate Student Conference
Friday April 26, 2013 Continue reading
In my current position at the University of Nebraska at Kearney I have the opportunity to direct graduate reading seminars. One of the best parts of directing these seminars is drawing up the required reading lists. In past seminars on the American West, 20th Century West, Native American History and other topics I am always careful to insert a book or two with borderlands or transnational foci.
Thus, when I was given the option to direct a couple seminars over the summer on whatever topics I wanted – I immediately proposed a full seminar on “American Borderlands.” I had a great group of students and reveled in the chance to build the reading list. For those considering building similar courses, here are the books we worked through. Continue reading
Fred Woods, professor of religion at Brigham Young University is set to publish a book based on his research into the 1912 flight of Mormons from their northern Mexican colonies. Continue reading
If you haven’t checked out the Facebook page for José Angel Hernández‘s recently released book Mexican Colonization During the Nineteenth Century, you should. Continue reading