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Justice and Space Matter in a Strong, Unified Latino Community


Kathy Bussert-Webb, María Eugenia Díaz and Krystal A. Yanez

Justice and Space Matter in a Strong, Unified Latino Community provides a detailed analysis of colonias along the Mexico–United States border, examining the intersection of culture, education, language, literacy, race, religion, and social class in Latino immigrant communities. The researchers investigated Corazón, a colonia in South Texas, as a case study of these unincorporated border settlements, consisting of mostly Mexican heritage residents and lacking many basic living necessities. Highlighting over ten years of research findings, the authors consider structural inequalities alongside the unique strengths of Corazón. Their acute observations dispel myths about such high-poverty communities and demonstrate how residents overcome the odds through activism, faith, and ganas. In presenting a portrait of the Corazón colonia, the authors offer a deeper level of understanding of one Latino community to inspire the development of a more equitable, compassionate world. This book will be invaluable to students and scholars of all fields who work with culturally diverse people in poverty, and will be ideal for courses in ethnic studies, multicultural studies, ethnographic methods, and socio-cultural applications for education.

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Names: Bussert-Webb, Kathy, author. | Díaz, María Eugenia, author. Yanez, Krystal A., author. Title: Justice and space matter in a strong, unified Latino community / Kathy Bussert-Webb, María Eugenia Díaz, Krystal A. Yanez. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2017. Series: Critical studies of Latino/as in the Americas; vol. 3 ISSN 2372-6822 (print) | ISSN 2372-6830 (online) Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016033980 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3206-3 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-3205-6 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1783-1 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-3715-0 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3716-7 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Hispanic Americans—Texas—Lower Rio Grande Valley— Social conditions—Case studies. | Latin Americans—Texas—Lower Rio Grande Valley— Social conditions—Case studies. | Immigrants—Texas—Lower Rio Grande Valley— Social conditions—Case studies. | Poor—Texas—Lower Rio Grande Valley—Case studies. Poor—Education—Texas—Lower Rio Grande Valley—Case studies. Poor—Services for—Texas—Lower Rio Grande Valley—Case studies. Community development—Texas—Lower Rio Grande Valley—Case studies. Community organization—Texas—Lower Rio Grande Valley—Case studies. Unincorporated areas—Texas—Lower Rio Grande Valley—Case studies. Classification: LCC F395.S75 B87 2016 | DDC 305.868/0730764485—dc23 LC record available at DOI: 10.3726/978-1-4539-1783-1

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