Synopses & Reviews
and#160;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.and#160; In this groundbreaking new book, Xandoacute;chitl Bada takes us inside one of the most vital parts of Chicagoandrsquo;s Mexican immigrant communityandmdash;its many hometown associations.
Hometown associations (HTAs) consist of immigrants from the same town in Mexico and often begin quite informally, as soccer clubs or prayer groups. As Badaandrsquo;s work shows, however, HTAs have 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 Michoacandaacute;n, 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 Chicagoandrsquo;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 Chicagoacandaacute;n gives voice to an underrepresented community and sheds light on an underexplored form of global activism.
andquot;This is an engaging, well researched, and thoughtfully organized book on an important topicandmdash;the transnational civic engagement of Mexican migrants and their organizations on both sides of the US-Mexico border.andquot;
andquot;Xandoacute;chitl Badaandrsquo;s richly nuanced study provides compelling evidence that migrant hometown associations have become an integral part of Chicagoandrsquo;s civic landscape, while simultaneously gaining standing as path-breaking advocates for accountable governance at local, state and national levels in Mexico.andquot;
and#160;In this groundbreaking new book, Mexican Hometown Associations in Chicagoacandaacute;n, Xandoacute;chitl Bada reveals how Mexican hometown associations, groups consisting of immigrants from the same small towns, have become a surprisingly powerful force for mobilizing social change in both the United States andand#160;Mexico. By giving voice to the members of a group of Chicago-based hometown associations from the state of Michoacandaacute;n, Xandoacute;chitl Bada draws much larger conclusions about the emergence and global impact of new transnational forms of community activism.and#160;
About the Author
and#160;XandOacute;CHITL BADA is an assistant professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is co-author of Context Matters: Latino Immigrant Civic Engagement in Nine U.S. Cities
, and her work has appeared in many journals and essay collections. and#160;