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By David Montejano

Winner, NACCS-Tejas publication Award, nationwide organization for Chicana and Chicano experiences Tejas Foco , 2011
NACCS e-book Award, nationwide organization for Chicana and Chicano reviews, 2012

In the mid-1960s, San Antonio, Texas, used to be a segregated urban ruled via an entrenched Anglo social and enterprise elite. The Mexican American barrios of the west and south facets have been characterised by way of substandard housing and skilled seasonal flooding. Gang battle broke out frequently. Then the remarkable farmworkers of South Texas marched in the course of the urban and trigger a social circulation that reworked the barrios and finally introduced down the previous Anglo oligarchy. In Quixote's Soldiers, David Montejano makes use of a wealth of formerly untapped assets, together with the congressional papers of Henry B. Gonzalez, to offer an exciting and hugely readable account of this turbulent period.

Montejano divides the narrative into 3 elements. within the first half, he recounts how university scholar activists and politicized social staff mobilized barrio formative years and fastened an competitive problem to either Anglo and Mexican American political elites. within the moment half, Montejano seems to be on the dynamic evolution of the Chicano circulate and the emergence of transparent gender and sophistication differences as ladies and ex-gang adolescence struggled to achieve attractiveness as critical political actors. within the ultimate half, Montejano analyzes the disasters and successes of flow politics. He describes the paintings of second-generation circulation businesses that made attainable a brand new and extra consultant political order, symbolized through the election of Mayor Henry Cisneros in 1981.

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36 The gang workers were aware, naturally, of their influence over barrio youths and of the critical intermediary role they played in barrio society. The Gang Workers Explain What was actually innovative about the Wesley approach was its decision to utilize “indigenous workers” in its gang outreach activities. This strategy was influenced by practical cultural considerations. Gang workers were needed to work “with males from lower-class Mexican-American families,” because males from both the “stable working class” and the “bottom problem” families ran in clicas.

In San Antonio, another social psychologist, Idel Bruckman of St. 23 By and large, sons and daughters did not take jobs that differed much from those of their parents. The problem was how to break this particularly vicious cycle for Mexican Americans. ” She described how she directed a counseling and guidance program for San Antonio high school students: I took as my theme song for the program “To Dream the Impossible Dream” from the theater production Man of La Mancha. And I told the children about old mad don Quixote—of how wild he was to believe many things—for example, he thought that a woman of ill repute was really his Dulcinea, a lovely damsel in distress.

27 Gang conflict, then, was the result not of “disturbed personalities,” but of competition for resources (entertainment, drugs, and so on) between groups in restricted spaces. Over time this competition had created hostilities, and this hostile relationship had become formulated as one between enemies, which in turn justified the preemptive use of violence. Competition for facilities and resources was reduced only by a group claiming and defending a territory: Thus, groups in low rank areas were aware of other neighborhoods and their boundary streets where they could not go without danger of incident or even violence.

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