Mexamerica: Two Countries, One Future

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Langley (Central America: The Real Stakes) here assesses the complex relations within MexAmericageographically encompassing Southern California and the Southwest but increasingly involving the entire U.S.and the impact of values, contributions and problems brought by Mexican immigrants to our economy, politics and culture. With keen, persuasive analysis, he compares urban and rural communities where Mexicans predominate and shows that while the people outwardly adapt to American ways, most, fiercely attached to their native heritage, resist acculturation. He discusses the dilemma of a Mexican-American middle-class of such recent status that its members are unable to consolidate ethnic and class concerns. He cites the heated issues of bilingualism and boarder control and provocatively argues that volatile U.S. immigration laws challenge America's tradition as a multicultural society. Employed in low-paying service jobs or as factory workers, or as stoop labor in California, the majority of Mexican-Americans, according to the author, remain primarily refugees from Mexico's disastrous agricultural policies and corrupt bureaucracy rather than integrated and respected participants in American life.
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Langley, a Latin American specialist at the University of Georgia, offers an insightful, readable interpretation of obstacles to the melding of Mexican-U.S. culture. He first explores those regions in the United States where Mexicans aboundChicago, San Antonio, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Kansas City, and Denverand follows this with a portrait of representative regions in Mexico. Langley offers a personal account, lively and anecdotal, of Mexicans and their reactions to North Americans, contrasting with Oscar J. Martinez's academic Troublesome Border ( LJ 6/15/88) or Alan Weisman and Jay Dusard's visual and travel experiences in La Frontera ( LJ 2/1/87), but stylistically similar to Tom Miller's On the Border ( LJ 6/15/81), all of which focus on the border, not the interior. Suitable for most libraries. Roderic A. Camp, Central Coll., Pella, Ia.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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