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Seeking Community in a Global City


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List of Maps and Tables Preface 1. Introduction 2. Origins and Patterns of Central American Migration 3. Negotiating the Urban Scene 4. The Struggle for Survival: Working in Los Angeles 5. Seeking Justice, Challenging Policy 6. The 1990s: Changing Contexts, Shifting Expectations 7. Organizing Locally and Transnationally: Changing Priorities, Strategies, and Alliances 8. The Elusive Community: Salvadorans and Guatemalans in Los Angeles Appendix A: Chronology of Events Appendix B: Partial List of Informants Notes References Index

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A look at the challenges faced by Central American immigrants in Los Angeles

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Nora Hamilton is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California. Norma Stoltz Chinchilla is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at California State University, Long Beach. They have both published extensively on the Central American immigrant experience.


"Seeking Community in a Global City is the impressive culmination of two decades of collaborative research by the authors with Central Americans in Los Angeles. Drawing on extensive interviews and narrative accounts from a broad spectrum of Salvadoran and Guatemalan community members and leaders, this book fills a substantial gap in our understanding of contemporary migration. It will prove to be essential reading for scholars, students, and decision makers alike." --James Loucky, author of The Maya Diaspora (Temple)

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