The past decade has seen a renewed interest in ethnicity by people in search of their own identities, as well as by writers and scholars from every discipline. But despite the contagion of ethnic â€œfever,â€ the Chicano culture is neither widely known nor appreciated in the United States. The authors of this book attempt to close the gap in current knowledge. Their purpose is fourfold: (1) to add to the knowledge of Chicano communities; (2) to add to the knowledge and understanding of how Mexican Americans have adapted in various urban areas; (3) to present descriptions and analyses of communities in the Midwest, where the presence of Mexican Americans has been more typically neglected; and (4) to bring an anthropological approach to the understanding of this second-largest minority group in the United States.
Table of Contents
Other Titles in This Series -- Introduction -- Immigration and the Migrant Way of Life -- Early Migration from Central Mexico to the Northern United States -- Mexican Migration to the Midwest -- Cinco Chacuacos: Coke Ovens and a Mexican Village in Pennsylvania -- Migrants on the Prairie: Untangling Everyday Life -- Ethnicity: Boundary Maintenance, Adaptiveness, and Change -- La Virgen de Guadalupe and the American Dream: The Melting Pot Bubbles on in Toledo, Ohio -- Home Away from Home: The Jacalan Community in the San Francisco Bay Area -- Folklore in Chicano Theater and Chicano Theater as Folklore -- Flesh Pots, Faith, or Finances? Fertility Rates Among Mexican Americans -- Curanderismo and Espiritismo: Complementary Approaches to Traditional Mental Health Services -- Voluntary Associations and Leadership -- The Cultural Demography of Midwestern Chicano Communities -- To Join or Not to Join: Chicano Agency Activity in Two Michigan Cities -- Homogeneous Mexican-American Leadership and Heterogeneous Problems in a Midwestern Community -- Chicano Organizations in the Midwest: Past, Present, and Possibilities