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De Terruño a Terruño: Reimagining Belonging through the Creation of Hometown Associations

Journal of American History
Jun 2017

De Terruno a Terruno: Reimagining Belonging through the Creation of Hometown Associations

Utilizing a transnational lens, Ana Raquel Minian explores the effect that Mexican migrants living in Los Angeles in the 1960s–1980s period had on their home communities in Mexico. Migrants formed clubs that took the role of an extraterritorial welfare state, and Minian examines how these organizations dealt with issues of gender, race, and class across national boundaries. Along with employing oral history interviews conducted by Minian, the article brings together cultural, social, political, and economic history by using unconventional sources, often stored in activists’ homes or in La Casa del Mexicano, a building in Los Angles where migrants congregated.