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Trumpism, Mexican America, and the Struggle for Latinx Citizenship

Edited by Phillip B. GonzalesRenato RosaldoMary Louise Pratt



For Latinx people living in the United States, Trumpism represented a new phase in the long-standing struggle to achieve a sense of belonging and full citizenship. Throughout their history in the United States, people of Mexican descent have been made to face the question of how they do or do not belong to the American social fabric and polity. Structural inequality, dispossession, and marginalized citizenship are a foundational story for Mexican Americans, one that entered a new phase under Trumpism. This volume situates this new phase in relation to what went before, and it asks what new political possibilities emerged from this dramatic chapter in our history. What role did anti-Mexicanism and attacks on Latinx people and their communities play in Trump’s political rise and presidential practices? Driven by the overwhelming political urgency of the moment, the contributors to this volume seek to frame Trumpism’s origins and political effects.

Published in Association with School for Advanced Research Press.

Subjects: Anthropology

Contributor Bios
Phillip B. Gonzales is a historical sociologist and a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of New Mexico. His work has focused on the history of Mexican Americans and Mexican American politics in the US Southwest.
Renato Rosaldo is a professor emeritus of anthropology at Stanford University and New York University. A cultural anthropologist, he has worked and taught in Southeast Asian studies, symbolic anthropology, cultural studies, and Chicano studies.
Mary Louise Pratt is the Olive H. Palmer Professor of Humanities at Stanford University (emerita) and the Silver Professor at New York University (emerita), where she taught in the Departments of Social and Cultural Analysis and Latin American and Iberian Studies.