Chicana and Chicano Movement, The

From Aztlán to Zapatistas

by Adelaida R. Del Castillo and Norma Iglesias-Prieto, Editors


Participants in the Chicana/Chicano Movement addressed the problems that most directly affected their communities, but they also changed perceptions about their identities and culture.

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May 2021


Pages 355
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Race and Ethnicity/Latino and Hispanic Studies
  American History/Conflict
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An indispensable resource for students investigating social, political, feminist, and artistic activism, this book provides an overview of the major trends, influences, and creative accomplishments of the Chicana/o Movement.

The impact of the Chicana/Chicano Movement on today's America can be seen in the halls of power, in educational access and equity, museum exhibitions of Chicana/o art, and in positive self-image among Chicanas/os. It is also reflected in media arts, theater, music, and dance. This book provides students investigating Mexican-American or Chicana/Chicano-Latina/Latino social and political activism and social justice advocacy with an overview of the major trends and influences of the Chicana/o Movement during the volatile 1960s and 1970s, and new directions after.

The book is organized alphabetically with entries on significant organizations, places, events, and ideas that were important to the Chicana and Chicano Movement in the United States. Coverage includes protests, marches, walk-outs, strikes, boycotts, and other actions taken to call attention to the injustices Chicanas/Chicanos were experiencing especially throughout the southwest. Unlike other books on the topic, this volume is written specifically for use as a research tool by high school and early college/university students. The content is enhanced with photographs of major events.


  • Fosters an understanding of the social, political, cultural, and ideological framework of the U.S. Chicana and Chicano Movement of the mid1960s, 1970s, and after
  • Describes important organizations, leaders, events, and places that made up the diverse social movement calling for an end to racist structures that directly impacted Chicana and Chicano communities in the United States
  • Provides readers with highlights of the movement with attention to the contributions of women and the arts, sometimes overlooked in other collections on this subject
  • Includes resources for further research on each of the topics
Author Info

Adelaida R. Del Castillo is associate professor and former chair of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego State University. She has published on sex/gender meaning in Mexico City, postnational notions of Mexican immigrant citizenship, Chicana feminism, and queer Chicano/Mexicano male sexuality. She is editor of Between Borders: Essays on Mexicana/Chicana History and coeditor of Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out.

Norma Iglesias Prieto is professor and former department chair of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego State University. She received her doctoral degree in sociology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her academic experience is anchored in Border Studies with a focus on cultural processes and social-gendered identities on the U.S.-Mexican border from a transborder/transnational perspective. She is the author of five books, including Beautiful Flowers of the Maquiladoras and Emergencia: Las artes visuales en Tijuana.

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