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The Mexican Outsiders: A Community History of Marginalization and Discrimination in California Hardcover – October 1, 1995


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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr; 1 edition (October 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292751737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292751736
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,871,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Menchaca's] work buttresses the argument that race is alive and well and that twenty-five years of affirmative action policies have not eliminated the legacy of segregation... [This book] provides an excellent view of social relations in one place across time. Compelling and thought-provoking, the study argues for sustaining public policies that challenge racist discrimination." Journal of American History --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on November 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I recently read The Mexican Outsiders for a class @ Portland State University and found it to be a real eye-opener for this suburban white-boy. Menchaca uses legal records, historical documents, newspapers and interviews to paint a picture of Santa Paula, California that spans more than a century of abuse and exploitation. I found myself outraged at the human capacity for selfishness. This book is well written with a relatively linear chronology that clearly introduces Menchaca's theories and ties them up neatly in the end, all the while telling a story that I discovered was imortant to me. My only criticism: At times it seems that Menchaca's shared history with Santa Paula gets mixed with her research to the point that she appears biased. It is understandable, but it makes this study feel less academic. Required reading for folks that think they understand Mexican immigration in the U.S.
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By D. Kanter on July 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
THE MEXICAN OUTSIDERS uncovers important history that was buried in a rural California town. In Santa Paula, like many places in the Southwest & Texas, Anglos came to dominate land ownership, commerce & many institutions. She documents life in a segregated town throughout the past century. Menchaca set out to correct a "distorted history" and to document discriminatory practices. Accordingly she stressed Mexican and Mexican-American perspectives.

But the book lacks nuance, especially for an anthropologist. While collecting voices and opinions, Menchaca tends to impose her slant on her sources. The creation of a Catholic parish for Mexicans in 1929, according to Menchaca, was an "immoral" act by Anglos. The book fails to entertain the possibility that many Mexican-origin people found having their own place of worship beneficial, i.e., a center of community, faith, and identity.
THE MEXICAN OUTSIDERS represented an important contribution to Chicano Studies c. 1995, but today it seems shrill and imbalanced. I would recommend instead Monica Perales' SMELTERTOWN.
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By Chaplain Kay on January 18, 2013
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Its a picture of discrimination no one wants to talk about. We all need to understand its real and not much has changed
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Mendoza on April 21, 2013
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Very satisfied with my purchase although the cover was different than advertised. I was pleased with the overall service and time it took to get to me
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