?Blea's work is significant because she is one of the first Chicanas or Chicanos who have raised apparently obvious questions that could be explored in more depth, but have been ignored. Blea deals with identity, as well as the usual sociological exercise of reviewing the literature, methodology, how to enter Chicano/a studies, and linking theory to practice. Discussion of these fundamental topics makes this book valuable in understanding wotk on Chicanas/os...General readers; undergraduates.?-Choice
About the Author
IRENE ISABEL BLEA is the chairperson of the Department of Chicano Studies at California State University in Los Angeles. Blea received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and has been affiliated with the University of New Mexico, University of Texas at Austin, and Metropolitan State College of Denver. Her previous books include La Chicana and the Intersection of Race, Class and Gender(Praeger, 1991), Bessemer: A Sociological Perspective of a Chicano Barrio(1991), and Toward A Chicano Social Science (Praeger, 1988).