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Memories and Migrations

Mapping Boricua and Chicana Histories

Shaping a new understanding of Latina identity formation

Using region as a category of analysis, this pioneering collection explores the reciprocal relationship between Latinas and location. In highlighting the multiple ways in which Latinas grapple with their identity, the contributors significantly increase our understanding of how identity is created, negotiated, claimed, and remembered. This pathbreaking volume compares Latinas from a variety of backgrounds, moving the focus from Los Angeles, New York, and Santa Fe to Chicago, Tucson, and Philadelphia. Memories and Migrations embodies the constant negotiation and shaping of scholarship, which mirrors the fluidity of Latina migration, memory, and identity.

Contributors include Gabriela F. Arredondo, John R. Chávez, Marisela R. Chávez, Yolanda Chávez Leyva, María E. Montoya, Lydia R. Otero, Vicki L. Ruiz, Elizabeth Salas, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, and Carmen Teresa Whalen.


“First rate. . . . Both general readers and scholars should read this excellent collection, which ... contributes to a more nuanced understanding of United States history.”--Hispanic American Historical Review

“By reframing immigration through the multiple perspectives gained from studying ‘regionalities,’ the collection facilitates new understandings of diasporic subjectivities and their lived experiences.”--Western Historical Quarterly

"This anthology represents the rich variety of scholarship that has emerged in the field of Latina history."--Journal of American Ethnic History

"Each chapter in this collection contributes significantly to our understanding of the multiple and complex experiences of Latinas in the United States. Using geography and migration as categories of analysis, this volume explores how place and region, and memories of places and regions, shaped the identity of Chicanas and Puertorriqueñas--and how they, in turn, laid their own claims to region and place. One of the greatest strengths of this collection is its ability to bring hidden stories to the fore and to introduce readers to the ways in which Latinas have shaped history. The result is a work engaging for both academic and general audiences."--Monica Perales, University of Houston


Vicki L. Ruiz is a professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies and chair of the department of history at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America. John R. Chávez is a professor of history at Southern Methodist University and the author of Eastside Landmark: A History of the East Los Angeles Community Union.

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