This book aims to add to the knowledge of Chicano communities and the knowledge and understanding of how Mexican Americans have adapted in urban areas. It presents descriptions and analyses of communities in the Midwest, where the presence of Mexican Americans has been more typically neglected.
Introduction Part 1: Immigration and the Migrant Way of Life 1. Early Migration from Central Mexico to the Northern United States 2. Mexican Migration to the Midwest 3. Cinco Chacuacos: Coke Ovens and a Mexican Village in Pennsylvania 4. Migrants on the Prairie: Untangling Everyday Life Part 2: Ethnicity: Boundary Maintenance, Adaptiveness, and Change 5. La Virgen de Guadalupe and the American Dream: The Melting Pot Bubbles on in Toledo 6. Home Away from Home: The Jacalan Community in the San Francisco Bay Area 7. Folklore in Chicano Theater and Chicano Theater as Folklore 8. Flesh Pots, Faith, or Finances? Fertility Rates Among Mexican Americans 9. Curanderismo and Espiritismo: Complementary Approaches to Traditional Mental Health Services Part 3: Voluntary Associations and Leadership 10. The Cultural Demography of Midwestern Chicano Communities 11. To Join or Not to Join: Chicano Agency Activity in two Michigan Cities 12. Homogeneous Mexican-American Leadership and Heterogeneous Problems in a Midwestern Community 13. Chicano Organizations in the Midwest: Past, Present, and Possibilities