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Diaspora Studies in Education

Toward a Framework for Understanding the Experiences of Transnational Communities

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Rosalie Rolón-Dow and Jason G. Irizarry

The Latino/a diaspora is undoubtedly transforming the demographics and cultural geographies of the United States. Diaspora Studies in Education advances an active use of the concept of «diaspora», focusing on processes that impact the diasporization of the Latino/a population, and more specifically, examining those diasporization processes in the arena of education. Focusing on the education of Puerto Ricans, the second largest Latino/a subgroup, the authors of this volume elucidate themes that are useful not only for those concerned with the education of Puerto Rican youth but also applicable to the study of other diasporic communities. The book is useful as a text in a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including foundations of education, multicultural education, anthropology of education, and introductory courses in Latino and ethnic studies departments.
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Latino/a diaspora, citizenship, and Puerto Rican youth in the immigrant rights movement

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NILDA FLORES-GONZÁLEZ & MICHAEL RODRÍGUEZ-MUÑIZ

Some people would be curious about why Puerto Ricans [marched] because they always think that we have this thing against Mexicans, and we don’t like them. I mean it’s not that serious. We don’t want them to leave the country… I think a lot of Puerto Ricans now are aware that if something is gonna benefit the Mexican community then it will indirectly benefit [us] as well. (Jenna, 21 years old)

[This] is a responsibility we have as Puerto Ricans to be able to go out and vote in the interest of people who are undocumented, and vote in representation of people who don’t have that right. So [citizenship] is really more of a point of unity than a point of tension… (Jessica, 24 years old)

Marching in the face of widespread stereotypes of rivalry and tension, Puerto Rican youths joined their Mexican counterparts on the streets of downtown Chicago to demand an end to attacks on Latino and immigrant families and communities. Catalyzing the national immigrant rights movement, Chicago was the site of the first “mega-march” against the controversial Sensenbrenner Bill, on March 10, 2006 (Pallares & Flores-González, 2010). The participation of Puerto Ricans in this protest and subsequent marches contradicts, or at the very least, complicates, long-standing assumptions about Puerto Rican/Mexican relations and the prospects of building pan-Latino/a political projects and identities (see Rodríguez-Muñiz, 2010). Despite the fact that...

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