After crossing several borders, Latina/o immigrants and their children meet challenges of globalization as they acclimate to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Facing different social and cultural barriers while adapting to this metropolis, most of them meet these challenges by building transnational bridges that connect societies and cultures. These circumstances have offered opportunities for anthropologists and other scholars to work together with community residents in activities that have contributed to cultural knowledge and action. Latinas Crossing Borders and Building Communities in Greater Washington: Applying Anthropology in Multicultural Neighborhoods addresses how Latina/o immigrants use a variety of strategies to meet adaptation challenges. Drawing on ethnographic research and practices, contributors highlight how Latinas and Latinos are building community while reshaping ethnic, gender, and generational identities. They focus on models of collaboration and interaction in community centers, healthcare, the labor market, education, and faith-based communities.
Lexington Books; April 2016
- ISBN 9781498525336
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- Title: Latinas Crossing Borders and Building Communities in Greater Washington
- Author: Raúl Sánchez Molina (ed.); Lucy M. Cohen (ed.); Marta Barkell (contrib.); Marcia Bernbaum (contrib.); Viviana Cristian (contrib.); Shaun Loria (contrib.); Patricia Maloof (contrib.); Tadeusz Mich (contrib.); Maria Amelia Viteri (contrib.)
Imprint: Lexington Books
In The Press
Latinas Crossing Borders and Building Communities in Greater Washington is a book of dedicated best practices that immigrants have used to better their, and surrounding, communities in Washington, D.C. The authors, applied anthropologists and practitioners, give vivid portrayals of the clinics, schools, and activities that have integrated Central Americans and worked to make Washington a better place. The book gives visibility to Latina/o contributions to the city over the past fifty years, and shows that conscious and well-planned community building can help immigrants and their neighbors as well. It is important to policy makers and scholars of immigration because of its emphasis on the agency of Latinas who have an ideology of improving the communities where they live. Also, it is a reference point for others in cities in the U.S. and elsewhere that face the challenge of meeting the needs of immigrants and at the same time improving the quality of life for everyone.
About The Author
Raúl Sánchez Molina is professor of anthropology at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).
Lucy M. Cohen is professor of anthropology at The Catholic University of America.