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Chicano Culture, Ecology, Politics: Subversive Kin (Society, Environment, and Place)

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Until recently, mainstream American environmentalism has been a predominantly white, middle-class movement, essentially ignoring the class, race, and gender dimensions of environmental politics. In this provocative collection of original essays, the environmental dimensions of the Chicana/o experience are explicitly expressed and debated. Employing a variety of genres ranging from poetry to autobiography to theoretical and empirical essays, the voices in this collection speak to the most significant issues of environmentalism and social justice, recognizing throughout the need for a pluralism of Chicana/o philosophies. The contributors provide an excellent basis for understanding how multiple Chicana/o views on the environment play out in the context of dominant social, political and economic views. Chicano Culture, Ecology, Politics examines a number of Chicana/o ecological perspectives. How can the ethics of reciprocity present in Chicana/o agropastoral life be protected and applied on a broader scale? How can the dominant society, whose economic structure is invested in "placeless mobility," take note of the harm caused to land-based cultures, take responsibility for it, and take heed before it is too late? Will the larger society be "ecologically housebroken" before it destroys its home? Grounded in actual political struggles waged by Chicana/o communities over issues of environmental destruction, cultural genocide, and socioeconomic domination, this volume provides an important series of snapshots of Chicana/o history. Chicano Culture, Ecology, Politics illuminates the bridges that exist—and must be understood—between race, ethnicity, class, gender, politics, and ecology. CONTENTS

Part 1: IndoHispano Land Ethics

Los Animalitos: Culture, Ecology, and the Politics of Place in the Upper R¡o Grande, Devon G. Peña

Social Action Research, Bioregionalism, and the Upper Río Grande, Rubén O. Martínez

Notes on (Home)Land Ethics: Ideas, Values, and the Land, Reyes García

Part 2: Environmental History and Ecological Politics

Ecological Legitimacy and Cultural Essentialism: Hispano Grazing in Northern New Mexico, Laura Pulido

The Capitalist Tool, the Lawless, and the Violent: A Critique of Recent Southwestern Environmental History, Devon G. Peña and Rubén O. Martínez

Ecofeminism and Chicano Environmental Struggles: Bridges across Gender and Race, Gwyn Kirk

Philosophy Meets Practice: A Critique of Ecofeminism through the Voices of Three Chicana Activists, Malia Davis

Part 3: Alternatives to Destruction

The Pasture Poacher (a poem), Joseph C. Gallegos

Acequia Tales: Stories from a Chicano Centennial Farm, Joseph C. Gallegos

A Gold Mine, an Orchard, and an Eleventh Commandment, Devon G. Peña

About the Author

Devon Peña is a sociologist at Colorado College in Colorado Springs and past director of La Sierra Foundation of San Luis. He has written several books on Chicano issues, including The Terror of the Machine: Technology, Work, Gender, and Ecology on the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816518739
Editor:
Pena, Devon G.
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
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Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Mexican americans
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Environmental conditions
Subject:
Rio Arriba County (N.M.)
Subject:
Rio Arriba County (N.M.) Environmental conditions.
Subject:
Rio Arriba County
Subject:
Mexican Americans -- New Mexico.
Subject:
Latina and Latino Studies, Nature and Environment
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Society, Environment, and Place (Paperback)
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
295
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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