Community Building and Resilience in the United States
What does it mean to be Latinx? This pressing question forms the core of Latinx Belonging, which brings together cutting-edge research to discuss the multilayered ways this might be answered.
Latinx Belonging is anchored in the claim that Latinx people are not defined by their marginalization but should instead be understood as active participants in their communities and contributors to U.S. society. The volume’s overarching analytical approach recognizes the differences, identities, and divisions among people of Latin American origin in the United States, while also attending to the power of mainstream institutions to shape their lives and identities. Contributors to this volume view “belonging” as actively produced through struggle, survival, agency, resilience, and engagement.
This work positions Latinxs’ struggles for recognition and inclusion as squarely located within intersecting power structures of gender, race, sexuality, and class and as shaped by state-level and transnational forces such as U.S. immigration policies and histories of colonialism. From the case of Latinxs’ struggles for recognition in the arts, to queer Latinx community resilience during COVID-19 and in the wake of mass shootings, to Indigenous youth’s endurance and survival as unaccompanied minors in Los Angeles, the case studies featured in this collection present a rich and textured picture of the diversity of the U.S. Latinx experience in the twenty-first century.
Jack “Trey” Allen
Jennifer Bickham Mendez
Stephanie L. Canizales
Yvette G. Flores
Melanie Jones Gast
Michael De Anda Muñiz
Gilda L. Ochoa
Dina G. Okamoto
Marco Antonio Quiroga
“The term Latinx has gained additional traction in recent years, given adopters’ goals for more inclusive terminology to describe our community. The chapters in this extraordinary and timely collection provide depth in the intersectional identities of Latinx peoples in the United States who are women-identified, queer, trans, undocumented, Black, and/or Indigenous. They offer important insights into the materiality of their experiences as well as abundant hope in considering the resistance and creativity present in the processes of community building.”—Francisco Villegas, co-editor of Critical Schooling: Transformative Theory and Practice