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1. No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed:
2. Undocumented in L.A.: An Immigrant's
3. Centuries of Silence: The Story
4. Border Crossings: Mexican and
5. Left in Transformation: Uruguayan
6. Doing the Rights Thing: Rights-Based
7. Opposing Currents: The Politics
8. La Indianidad: The Indigenous
9. Contesting the Iron Fist: Advocacy
10. Migrants in the Mexican North:
11. All For One And One For All: A
12. The Abolition of Slavery in Brazil:
13. A Forced Agreement: Press Acquiescence
14. In Every Person Who Hopes ...
15. Women and Grass Roots Democracy
16. The Latin-American Community of
17. Grassroots Expectations of Democracy
18. Latin American States and Political
19. Equality of Opportunity for Latin-Americans
20. Adventurers and Proletarians:

1. No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement
by Cynthia E. Orozco
Paperback: 330 Pages (2009-11-15)
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Founded by Mexican American men in 1929, the League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC) has usually been judged according to Chicano nationalist standards of the late 1960s and 1970s. Drawing on extensive archival research, including the personal papers of Alonso S. Perales and Adela Sloss-Vento, No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed presents the history of LULAC in a new light, restoring its early twentieth-century context.

Cynthia Orozco also provides evidence that perceptions of LULAC as a petite bourgeoisie, assimilationist, conservative, anti-Mexican, anti-working class organization belie the realities of the group's early activism. Supplemented by oral history, this sweeping study probes LULAC's predecessors, such as the Order Sons of America, blending historiography and cultural studies. Against a backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, World War I, gender discrimination, and racial segregation, No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed recasts LULAC at the forefront of civil rights movements in America.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Just arrived today, is a nice book. Got it New and for a very good price. The Shipping though, took more time than what I excepted it :/ but it was worth the wait.

4-0 out of 5 stars For What It's Worth
Yesterday's radical is today's conservative. Cynthia Orozco documents that the reverse is true in this survey of the rise of the Mexican-American civil rights movement. In a textbook account set in the Southwest, she takes the reader back to the late 1920s and 30s to witness the point at which persons whose ancestors came from Mexico began to view themselves as Americans. Despite the promised protections of the U.S. Constitution, many basic rights were not afforded to these persons of color. It remained up to the gentlemen who founded the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to lead the struggle for dignity and independence.

In this book, Orozco shows us that the fight was battle was not just one for the rights granted to white citizens, but also a fight to distinguish the Mexicans born in this country from those born in Mexico. As M.C. Gonzales said, "We decided to go ahead and separate ourselves from the citizens of Mexico." Orozco marvelously shows us that this was the true beginning of Mexican-American activism, and it preceded the movement (La Causa) of the 1960s and 70s. Orozco's written a better draft of history here, one which honors the original heroes of a fight for equality.

Reviewed by: Joseph Arellano

4-0 out of 5 stars A fresh look at an often overlooked part of the civil rights movement
This is a look at the rise of the Mexican-American civil rights movement in south Texas in the period 1910-1930, focusing on the founding of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) in 1929. The emphasis is organizational, concentrating on the four predecessor organizations that merged into LULAC, on the people involved, and on the challenges and controversies in LULAC's founding.

The book provides some background on the discrimination against Mexican-Americans in this period, but there is just enough information to show the motivation for such organizations as LULAC and it is not a major focus of the book. Just as with blacks in other parts of the country at this time, Mexican-Americans were subjected to exclusion, persecution, and occasional lynching. Many stores and services posted signed reading "No Mexicans Allowed" (or sometimes "No Dogs or Mexicans Allowed", giving dogs top billing).

The book is intended partly as a rebuttal to scholarship rising out of the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s, that tended to emphasize a separate Mexican-American identity and to view LULAC as assimilationist: encouraging the adoption of white American characteristics and abandoning the Mexican heritage. The book shows that the issues were more nuanced than that, and there were several factions pulling in different directions. A particularly-controversial issue was whether Mexican citizens resident in the US could be members of LULAC; even though this group was in the majority at the organizing meeting, its members were excluded from the newly-formed organization. Women were also excluded until 1933, although Orozco was able to interview several women who worked in the background to help build the organization while they were officially excluded. ... Read more

2. Undocumented in L.A.: An Immigrant's Story (Latin American Silhouettes)
by Dianne Walta Hart
Paperback: 136 Pages (1997-06-01)
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Her story is similar to those of the thousands of immigrants who cross into America every day in search of political or economic refuge.In 1988, a woman in her late thirties named Yamileth obtains a passport, leaves her home, and makes a dangerous trip from war-torn Nicaragua through Central America to the United States.In Los Angeles, Yamileth must find a place to live and ajob to support her family, yet keep secret the fact that she entered the country as an illegal alien.This eye-opening work shows the difficulties immigrants face in a nation that at first beckons them with freedom, then rejects them with unwelcoming borders and restrictive laws.Amazon.com Review
Fleeing a generally bleak existence in Nicaragua, Yamilethshepherds her sister's children and her son Miguel over a treacherousroute to California. She reaches Los Angeles in 1989 as the localeconomy sours and outcry against illegal immigrants like themselvesswells. A Sandinista supporter who fought for a new life in Nicaragua,she is nonplussed by everyday violence in the U.S. Worries about thechildren, difficulty finding work, and the threat of deportationdarken her dreams of a safe haven. Dianne Walta Hart, her unofficialAmerican sponsor, weaves together Yamileth's words with commentarypointing up inevitable culture clashes. This is a rough-edged,authentic look at the marginal lives led by many illegal immigrantswho live among us. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Unprofessional; Inaccessible
I was required to read this book for a course I'm currently taking in college.I have seldom seen such a sloppy, unprofessional, inaccessible work such as I did upon reading this particular work.

The content of the narrative itself is unremarkable; Hart recounts the tale of Yamileth and her family members, virtually all of whom are undocumented (a euphemism for 'illegal') immigrants in the United States.

I saw no compelling reasons whatsoever for the existence of this book.One of the hallmarks of documentary nonfiction is ostensibly objectivity, a professional detachment from the subject.There is none of that here.Hart is herself involved intimately with Yamileth's life, and liberally narrates her own actions throughout the course of the text.Hart's continued non-intervention (and in fact, implicit encouragement) of the numerous acts of illegal immigration throughout the text is unsettling, if not outright disturbing.

Hart maintains a unnecessarily loyal relationship with the oral history she performs; the salient narrative is presented entirely in extremely unnecessary quotation marks, apparently in an effort to bring about a sense of intimacy.This effort, unfortunately, fails miserably.I found the text immensely inaccessible, and the slavish devotion to verbatim dictation extremely off-putting.I saw no reason whatsoever for Hart's act of essentially presenting an annotated transcription of her interview.My only hypothesis would be laziness, but again, Hart's gratuitous editorial commentary appears to contradict that particular possibility.

Given the paucity of compelling subject matter (Yamileth's story is neither unique nor extraordinary), Hart deserves some measure of acknowledgement for not only writing this book, but also for getting it published.

Had Hart chosen a more objective, narrative format (The Autobiography of Malcolm X, another text I read in the same course, is a superb example), her message would have been vastly more credible, as well as entertaining to read.Hart's narrative seems forced; Hart's numerous editorial comments lend an air of artificiality, and give a sense of desperation, or 'padding the text,' if you will.

Hart lacks the academic credentials for conducting oral history projects, and this fact is readily evident throughout the text.The narrative is in fact extremely boring, as a great deal of text is wasted on the trivial details of Yamileth's daily life.Yamileth herself comes across as a strange character; many of the actions she takes throughout the text would very kindly be described as 'misguided' if not outright stupid.The greatest example of this is her decision to leave Oregon (where she had a satisfying job, and her son was truly happy), and return to live with her manipulative sister in Los Angeles.In Los Angeles, she is jobless and unhappy, and her son even more so.Perhaps even more confusing is her ultimate decision to return to Nicaragua, which in some senses proves to be even worse than Los Angeles.Yamileth comes across as consistently indecisive, as well as impractical.Her dithering would be acceptable were she only by herself, but her continued decisions to deny her son happiness and stability in life reek of irresponsibility, as well as juvenility.

In short, Yamileth doesn't know what she wants with life, and in her continued half-fulfilled plans she manages to drag her children down with her.Similarly, Hart doesn't know what she wants to do with this book.I in fact fail to see why anybody would read this out of their own volition.To anyone else taking the same class as I am now (I wish to remain anonymous, but suffice to say I attend a prestigious school in Northern California) - don't worry...it gets better from here on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yamileth:A Sojourner
I highly recommend this book.It is a joy to read the story of a Nicaraguan lady who makes a journey with members of her family.The destination is the U.S.; the length of stay is short term.As Yamilethwill tell you, plans don't always come out the way they were intended.Theheroine of the book is a woman, mother, and activist, who has strong familyvalues supported by age old ideals, and who has the courage to live them. The best feature of "Undocumented in L.A." is that it isapolitical. The ideals to which Yamileth is commited and her ways ofexpressing them are delightful.Through her clear reasoning I was able tohave a clearer understanding of the immigrant experience without all themedia hype or the outragious editorialization.In the retelling ofYamileth's saga, we are also given an insider's view of foreign relations,inter-racial conflicts, and the divisions of labor in a household where allthe occupants are "Undocumented in L. A.""For me thefuture is thinking about tomorrow and preparing yourself for it.The onlyheritage a parent can leave is the intellectual preparation of a child...An education allows them to fight for survival, wherever they go.No onecan take away that inheritance."--one of Yamileth's values.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better understanding of plight of illegal immigrants in U.S.
With government looking for ways to limit rights of immigrants in California, Dianne Walta Hart's newest book is very timely.Ms. Hart has culled her interviews with a Nicaraguan woman to tell the immigrant's side of the situation.

Ms. Hart's first book, Thanks to God and the Revolution: The Oral History of a Nicaraguan Family (1990) introduced 4 members of the Lopez family, who described their difficult life in Nicaragua during the revolution.Each family member presented his view of their attempts to survive in a society where employment is difficult to find and the life style is meager.The closeness of the Nicaraguans within their families and neighborhoods is a contrast to the American individualism.

Ten years later, Yamileth and her son Miguel are living as undocumented immigrants in L.A.Through the interviews, their difficulty of survival in a new land is apparent.Again, the close family ties and cultural values weigh heavily on the decisions to be made in their lives.

In T. Coraghessan Boyle's The Tortilla Curtain, the reader meets Mexical illegal immigrants who go to great lengths to find work and take care of themselves in a foreign land.One might discount these characters as fictional and idealized, but the true story Ms. Hart presents shows the actual extreme efforts made by hard working illegal aliens who wish to survive and to find a better life.The stories present people who will not eat a meal if they have not contributed or earned it; people who are honorable and will not always choose the easiest way.Decisions which seem plain to an American do not always fit with the cultural responsibility felt by a person from another country.This book helps one better understand the plight of illegal immigrants in the United States. ... Read more

3. Centuries of Silence: The Story of Latin American Journalism
by Leonardo Ferreira
Paperback: 344 Pages (2006-10-30)
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The history of Latin American journalism is ultimately the story of a people who have been silenced over the centuries, primarily Native Americans, women, peasants, and the urban poor. This book seeks to correct the record propounded by most English-language surveys of Latin American journalism, which tend to neglect pre-Columbian forms of reporting, the ways in which technology has been used as a tool of colonization, and the Latin American conceptual foundations of a free press.

Challenging the conventional notion of a free marketplace of ideas in a region plagued with serious problems of poverty, violence, propaganda, political intolerance, poor ethics, journalism education deficiencies, and media concentration in the hands of an elite, Ferreira debunks the myth of a free press in Latin America. The diffusion of colonial presses in the New World resulted in the imposition of a structural censorship with elements that remain to this day. They include ethnic and gender discrimination, technological elitism, state and religious authoritarianism, and ideological controls. Impoverished, afraid of crime and violence, and without access to an effective democracy, ordinary Latin Americans still live silenced by ruling actors that include a dominant and concentrated media. Thus, not only is the press not free in Latin America, but it is also itself an instrument of oppression.

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4. Border Crossings: Mexican and Mexican-American Workers (Latin American Silhouettes)
by John Mason Hart
Paperback: 246 Pages (1998-08-01)
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The history of Mexican and Mexican-American working classes has been segregated by the political boundary that separates the United States of America from the United States of Mexico. As a result, scholars have long ignored the social, cultural, and political threads that the two groups hold in common. Further, they have seldom addressed the impact of American values and organizations on the working class of that country.

Compiled by one of the leading North American experts on the Mexican Revolution, the essays in Border Crossings: Mexican and Mexican-American Workers explore the historical process behind the formation of the Mexican and Mexican- American working classes. The volume connects the history of their experiences from the cultural beginnings and the rise of industrialism in Mexico to the late twentieth century in the U.S.

Border Crossings notes the similar social experiences and strategies of Mexican workers in both countries, community formation and community organizations, their mutual aid efforts, the movements of people between Mexico and Mexican-American communities, the roles of women, and the formation of political groups. Finally, Border Crossings addresses the special conditions of Mexicans in the United States, including the creation of a Mexican-American middle class, the impact of American racism on Mexican communities, and the nature and evolution of border towns and the borderlands.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Let the Mexican's live the American dream
I support Mexican's crossing the U.S. border they just want to live a better life. They need to cross it and enter the country free cause their whole life they had it rough and we American's need to show pity for them instead of acting spoiled. It's just like the Mexican president said "the latino's will do more work in American then the African Americna's can even dream of".

American don't have to worry about terrorist crossing the border cause their way over in the middleeast over sea's nad we have navy ship that can spot something unsual swimming in the ocean. ... Read more

5. Left in Transformation: Uruguayan Exiles and the Latin American Human Rights Network, 1967 -1984 (Latin American Studies: Social Sciences & Law)
by Vania Markarian
Hardcover: 278 Pages (2005-05-31)
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This book takes an innovative look at international relations. Focusing on the worldwide campaign against abuses by the right-wing authoritarian regime in Uruguay (1973-1984), it explores how norms and ideas interact with political interests, both global and domestic. ... Read more

6. Doing the Rights Thing: Rights-Based Development and Latin American NGOs (Viewpoint)
by Maxine Molyneux, Sian Lazar
Paperback: 176 Pages (2003-10)
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Over the course of the 1990s governments, policy makers, NGOs and practitioners concerned with poverty alleviation increasingly sought to integrate rights into their practice in a broad range of contexts and countries. The term "rights based development" was coined to describe these efforts. Development agencies such as the UN and the World Bank, along with many NGOs and governments, have sought to promote a common understanding of what rights-based priorities entailed for their work. However there is still limited understanding of how such approaches are being worked out in practice and how they are understood in different socio-cultural contexts.

This book examines the ways that rights-based strategies have been understood in development practice in Latin America. It is based on research carried out with NGOs working with women and indigenous people in Mexico, Peru, Nicaragua and Bolivia, the latter three being among the poorest countries in the region. Rights-based development work has involved combining ideas of citizenship, democracy, participation and empowerment in novel ways. Doing the Rights Thing will contribute to the creation of a fuller understanding of this new approach to development and reveal the potential that it offers in ongoing efforts to secure more equitable as well as more effective and inclusionary development outcomes. ... Read more

7. Opposing Currents: The Politics of Water and Gender in Latin America (Pitt Latin American Studies)
Paperback: 264 Pages (2005-01-02)
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This volume focuses on women in Latin America as stakeholders in water resources management. It makes their contributions to grassroots efforts more visible, explains why doing so is essential for effective public policy and planning in the water sector, and provides guidelines for future planning and project implementation.

After an in-depth review of gender and water management policies and issues in relation to domestic usage, irrigation, and sustainable development, the book provides a series of case studies prepared by an interdisciplinary group of scholars and activists. Covering countries throughout the hemisphere, and moving freely from impoverished neighborhoods to the conference rooms of international agencies, the book explores the various ways in which women are-and are not-involved in local water initiatives across Latin America. Insightful analyses reveal what these case studies imply for the success or failure of various regional efforts to improve water accessibility and usability, and suggest new ways of thinking about gender and the environment in the context of specific policies and practices.

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8. La Indianidad: The Indigenous World Before Latin Americans
by Hernan Horna
Paperback: 179 Pages (2001-08)
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Among the few historical documents by or about early Native American history are pre-Columbia Mayan manuscripts and stone glyphs, and documents written in Spanish by Indians and Mestizos from the Andes and Mesoamerica in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Spanish texts, beginning with Father Bartolomé de Las Casas (1474-1566), reflect a Eurocentric view that was carried on by the colonialists and criollos, the white elites after independence. The indigenista movement, which urged a revival of Indian culture, did not begin until the twentieth century.

Because so many sources were destroyed over the centuries, and memories suppressed, an ethno-history of the Amerindians needs to gather information from many sources and disciplines . ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars an Indian approach??
Horna claims to present "an Indian perspective" of indigenous history. He accomplishes this to some degree, but a few of his ideas remain Eurocentric. While he challenges the Western approach to the study of Native societies, Horna seems to hesitate in totally rejecting some popular Western ideas about Native people.

For instance, he accepts the theory that Native people migrated from Eurasia across the Bering Strait even though there is not one indigenous myth, legend, or story that supports it. Many (if not all) indigenous people claim to have originated in the Western Hemisphere, but Western scholars dismiss these testimonies. Horna does not even consider them. As Vine Deloria Jr. points out in his book, Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact, the Bering Strait theory is far from proven. Not only is the theory unsupported by Native accounts, but it does not even stand up on its own scientific terms. Horna, however, does not seem familiar with this debate. At its core, the Bering Strait theory remains Eurocentric. It serves the interests of Western civilization while undermining Native people's claims to the "Americas."

Horna also accepts Western claims that Native people (particularly the Mexica and Mayas) practiced human sacrifice and cannibalism. But much like the Bering Strait theory, these claims have never been thoroughly substantiated. Indeed, all stories of cannibalism and ritual killings of humans have come from Europeans, who of course had a vital interest in portraying Native people as sub-human. Curiously, Horna acknowledges the Eurocentrism behind these claims. He even cites scholars like Inga Clendinnen who have raised questions regarding sacrifice and cannibalism. But Horna hesitates in rejecting these stories of cannibalism and human sacrifice.

Also troubling is Horna's easy acceptance of carbon 14 dating. He does not question this method despite the reality that the system is notoriously inaccurate. Carbon 14 dating has been widely manipulated by Western scientists to buttress Western interpretations of indigenous civilization. When this same dating system turns up unexpected and shocking results that contradict Western ideas about the origins of Native people, the results are simply dismissed. Michael Cremo, in his book Forbidden Archeology, reveals a mountain of archeological evidence in the Western Hemisphere that has been deliberately ignored by scientists because test results showed this human evidence to be hundreds of thousands of years old (and in some cases, millions of years old). A true indigenous perspective on carbon 14 dating would raise questions about the test's validity.

Overall, Horna argues that the study of Native history ought to be approached from an Asian cross-cultural comparative perspective. This makes perfect sense because "Native American" civilization shares many similarities with Chinese and Japanese culture. Indeed, Horna points out some of these similarities in his book. An Asian approach would certainly help produce a more "authentic ethnohistory" of Native people. It would help eradicate some of the racist, Eurocentric assertions made by Western scholars about Native people. This is in fact Horna's point. Horna himself, however, does not form any hard conclusions about indigenous history. His book is really more of an introduction to the subject of establishing an authentic ethnohistory. He hopes that other scholars will take up the challenge. ... Read more

9. Contesting the Iron Fist: Advocacy Networks and Police Violence in Democratic Argentina and Chile (Latin American Studies-Social Sciences & Law)
by Claudio Fuentes
Hardcover: 236 Pages (2004-12-30)
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This work analyzes the interactions and international connections of the "civil rights" and "pro-order" coalitions of state and societal actors in the two countries. The author demonstrates that in democratizing contexts, protecting citizens from police abuse and becomes part of a debate about how to deal with issues of public safety and social control and of perceived trade-offs between liberty and security. ... Read more

10. Migrants in the Mexican North: Mobility, Economy, and Society in a Colonial World (Dellplain Latin American Studies)
by Michael M. Swann
 Paperback: 220 Pages (1989-09)
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11. All For One And One For All: A Celebration Of 75 Years Of The League Of United Latin American Citizens (lulac
by Amy Waters Yarsinske
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12. The Abolition of Slavery in Brazil: The Liberation of Africans Through the Emancipation of Capital (Contributions in Latin American Studies)
by David Baronov
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2000-06-30)
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The persistence of a raced-based division of labor has been a compelling reality in all former slave societies in the Americas. One can trace this to nineteenth century abolition movements across the Americas which did not lead to (and were not intended to result in) a transition from race-based slave labor to race-neutral wage labor for former slaves. Rather, the abolition of slavery led to the emergence of multi-racial societies wherein capital/labor relations were characterized by new forms of extra-market coercion that were explicitly linked to racial categories. Post-slavery Brazilian society is a classic example of this pattern. ... Read more

13. A Forced Agreement: Press Acquiescence to Censorship in Brazil (Pitt Latin American Studies)
by Anne-Marie Smith
Paperback: 240 Pages (1997-07-15)
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During much of the military regime in Brazil (1964-1985), an elaborate but illegal system of restrictions prevented the press from covering important news or criticizing the government. In this intriguing new book, Anne-Marie Smith investigates why the press acquiesced to this system, and why this state-administered system of restrictions was known as “self-censorship.”
    Smith argues that it was routine, rather than fear, that kept the lid on Brazil's press. The banality of state censorship-a mundane, encompassing set of automatically repeated procedures that functioned much like any other state bureaucracy-seemed impossible to circumvent. While the press did not consider the censorship legitimate, they were never able to develop the resources to overcome censorship's burdensome routines.
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14. In Every Person Who Hopes ... the Lord Is Born Every Day: A Book of Latin American Faces and Places
by James E. Goff, Margaret Goff
 Paperback: 120 Pages (1980-06)
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15. Women and Grass Roots Democracy in the Americas (Women's Issues International Relations Political Science Latin American Studies)
 Paperback: 278 Pages (1993-06)
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16. The Latin-American Community of Israel
by Donald L. Herman
Hardcover: 151 Pages (1984-09-15)
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A comprehaensive study of those people who have immigrated to the State of Israel from Latin America. The author explains the great significance of immigration to Israel in light of the Israeli Jews' extremely low birthrate. He then focuses on those Latin Americans who live in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, and Beer Sheva, examining how the immigrants feel about various aspects of their lives in Israel, and exploring such topics as education, age, housing, employment, and knowledge of Hebrew. ... Read more

17. Grassroots Expectations of Democracy and Economy: Argentina in Comparative Perspective (Pitt Latin American Studies)
by Nancy R. Powers
Paperback: 312 Pages (2001-04-05)
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This highly readable study addresses a range of fundamental questions about the interaction of politics and economics, from a grassroots perspective in post-transition Argentina. Nancy R. Powers looks at the lives and political views of Argentines of little to modest means to examine systematically how their political interests, and their evaluations of democracy, are formed.  Based on the author’s fieldwork in Argentina, the analysis extends to countries of Latin America and Eastern Europe facing similarly difficult political and economic changes.

Powers uses in-depth interviews to examine how (not simply what) ordinary people think about their standard of living, their government, and the democratic regime. She explains why they sometimes do, but more often do not, see their material conditions as political problems, arguing that the type of hardship and the possibilities for coping with it are more politically significant than the degree of hardship.  She analyzes alternative ways in which people define democracy and judge its legitimacy.

Not only does Powers demonstrate contradictions and gaps in the existing scholarship on economic voting, social movements, and populism, she also shows how those literatures are addressing similar questions but are failing to “talk” to one another. Powers goes on to build a more comprehensive theory of how people at the grassroots form their political interests. To analyze why people perceive only some of their material hardships as political problems, she brings into the study of politics ideas drawn from Amartya Sen and other scholars of poverty.

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18. Latin American States and Political Refugees
by Keith W. Yundt
Hardcover: 247 Pages (1988-11-17)
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The Nicaraguan revolution of 1978 and the subsequent violence engulfing the Central American states, causes mass migration of Latin American persons seeking territorial asylum. Latin American States and Political Refugees focuses on the questions surrounding this new problem of refugees. Yundt uses regime analysis, a method whereby principles, norms, and social institutions are studied to identify the general obligations due refugees. The central concern of this study is whether the regional rules, norms, procedures and social institutions established by the Latin American states in governing political refugees, are compatible with or dissimilar to those of the established United Nations refugees regime. ... Read more

19. Equality of Opportunity for Latin-Americans in Texas (The Mexican American)
by Everett Ross, Jr. Clinchy
 Hardcover: 221 Pages (1974-06)
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20. Adventurers and Proletarians: The Story of Migrants in Latin America (Pitt Latin American Series)
by Magnus Morner, Harold Sims
 Hardcover: 195 Pages (1985-05)
list price: US$49.95 -- used & new: US$70.00
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Asin: 0822935058
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