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1st Edition

Latinas and the Politics of Urban Spaces

ISBN 9780367432058
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
136 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book illuminates the ways in which Chicanas, Puerto Rican women, and other Latinas organize and lead social movements, either on the ground or digitally, in major cities of the continental United States and Puerto Rico. It shows how they challenge racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-immigrant policies through their political praxis and spiritual activism. Drawing from a range of disciplines and perspectives, academic and activist authors offer unique insights into environmental justice, peace and conflict resolution, women’s rights, LGBTQ coalition-building, and more—all through a distinctive Latina lens. Designed for use in a wide range of college courses, this book is also aimed at practitioners, community organizers, and grassroots leaders.

Table of Contents

Contributor Biographies



Sharon A. Navarro and Lilliana Patricia Saldaña

Chapter 1: Semillas de Justicia: Chicana Environmentalism in Chicago

Teresa Irene Gonzales

Chapter 2: Brujas in the Time of Trump: Hexing the Ruling Class

Norell Martinez

Chapter 3: Intersectional Synthesis: A Case Study of the Colectiva Feminista en Construcción

Fernando Tormos-Aponte and Shariana Ferrer-Nunez

Chapter 4: Place, Space, and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Sara DeTurk

Chapter 5: The Good the Bad and the Ugly: Amigas Latinas’ Pláticas as a Site of Transformative

Knowledge Production

Lourdes Torres



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Sharon A. Navarro is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the author most recently of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of the American Judiciary (2018), Latinas in American Politics (2016), and Latino Urban Agency (2013).

Lilliana Patricia Saldaña is an Associate Professor of Mexican American Studies (MAS) at UTSA and co-director of the UTSA MAS Teachers’ Academy. She has published in various edited volumes and in nationally recognized journals, including Latinos & Education, Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, and Association of Mexican American Educators Journal.