Seeking Community in a Global City : Guatemalans and Salvadorans in Los Angeles

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2001-07-01
Publisher(s): Temple Univ Pr
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Driven by the pressures of poverty and civil strife at home, large numbers of Central Americans came to the Los Angeles area during the 1980's. Neither purely economic migrants, though they were in search of stable work, nor official refugees, although they carried the scars of war and persecution, Guatemalans and Salvadorans were even denied the aid given to refugees such as Cubans and Vietnamese. In addition, these immigrants sought refuge in a city undergoing massive economic and demographic shifts of its own. The result was -- and is -- a complex interaction that will help to reconceptualize the migration experience.

Based on twenty years of work with the Los Angeles Central American community and filled with facts, figures, and personal narratives, Seeking Community in a Global City presents this saga from many perspectives. The authors examine the forces in Central America that sent thousands of people streaming across international borders. They discuss economic, political, and demographic changes in the Los Angeles region and the difficulties the new

Author Biography

Nora Hamilton is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California Norma Stoltz Chinchilla is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at California State University, Long Beach

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Tables
Preface ix
Origins and Patterns of Central American Migration
Negotiating the Urban Scene
The Struggle for Survival: Working in Los Angeles
Seeking Justice, Challenging Policy
The 1990s: Changing Contexts, Shifting Expectations
Organizing Locally and Transnationally: Changing Priorities, Strategies, and Alliances
The Elusive Community: Salvadorans and Guatemalans in Los Angeles
Appendix A: Chronology of Events 233(12)
Appendix B: Partial List of Informants 245(4)
Notes 249(10)
References 259(20)
Index 279

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