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Making Aztlán: Ideology and Culture of the Chicana and Chicano Movement, 1966-1977

Juan Gómez-Quiñones
Irene Vásquez

This book provides a long-needed overview of the Chicana and Chicano movement’s social history as it grew, flourished, and then slowly fragmented. The authors examine the movement’s origins in the 1960s and 1970s, showing how it evolved from a variety of organizations and activities united in their quest for basic equities for Mexican Americans in U.S. society. Within this matrix of agendas, objectives, strategies, approaches, ideologies, and identities, numerous electrifying moments stitched together the struggle for civil and human rights. Gómez-Quiñones and Vásquez show how these convergences underscored tensions among diverse individuals and organizations at every level. Their narrative offers an assessment of U.S. society and the Mexican American community at a critical time, offering a unique understanding of its civic progress toward a more equitable social order.


Juan Gόmez-Quiñones is a professor of history at UCLA. His earlier books include Mexican American Labor, 1790–1990, Roots of Chicano Politics, 1600–1940, and Chicano Politics: Reality and Promise, 1940–1990, all published by the University of New Mexico Press.

Irene Vásquez is the director of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of New Mexico. She is coauthor of Latino-Latino Americanos, 2000: Things Social Do Not Melt into the Air and coeditor of The Borders in All of Us: New Approaches to Global Diasporic Studies.


“With its wealth of primary and secondary sources, timeline, and collection of statistics, this broad overview of the history of the Chicana and Chicano movement is an excellent introduction for undergraduates yet rich enough to engage the interest of advanced students and scholars of the movement.”



“An ambitious, easily digestible read that should appeal to scholars in multiple disciplines.”


The Americas

Making Aztlán promises to be of use to scholars in the studies of social movements, ethnic and labor history, civil rights, culture, politics, and community organizing. It will appeal to both academic and popular audiences. Through both its theoretical basis and broad overview of the (Chicana and Chicano movement), this book will provide inspiration for future studies.”


Western Historical Quarterly

“This book is the first to comprehensively analyze the exciting and complex ideas and forces in the turbulent years that were the height of (the Chicana and Chicano movement). Making Aztlán is a master work . . . a theoretical, in-depth critical view of the many currents that flowed out of the youthful energies of the 1960s and 1970s.”


New Mexico Historical Review

“A must read for those interested in Civil Rights, the budding American Latino Heritage theme to our national story, US history, and, simply, a better understanding of culture and heritage in the United States. This book is strongly recommended for classroom use in university level courses.”


Colonial Latin American Historical Review

“The book does a fantastic job of bringing to surface an array of individual leaders, organizations, and localized efforts on the many topics it covers.”


Latino Studies

6 x 9 in. 496 pages 28 halftones