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Tejano South Texas : a Mexican American cultural province / Daniel D. Arreola.

By: Arreola, Daniel D. (Daniel David), 1950-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Jack and Doris Smothers series in Texas history, life, and culture: no. 5.Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, c2002Edition: 1st ed.Description: xiii, 272 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0292705107 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780292705104 (cloth : alk. paper); 0292705115 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780292705111 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Mexican Americans -- Texas, South -- History | Mexican Americans -- Texas, South -- Social life and customs | Mexican Americans -- Texas, South -- Ethnic identity | Landscapes -- Social aspects -- Texas, South | Texas, South -- Social life and customs | Texas, South -- Ethnic relations | Human geography -- Texas, South | Human geography -- Mexican-American Border Region | Mexican-American Border Region -- Social life and customs | Mexican-American Border Region -- Ethnic relations | Chicanos Sur de Texas Historia | Chicanos Sur de Texas Vida social y costumbres | Chicanos Sur de Texas Identidad étnica | Paisaje Aspectos sociales Sur de TexasAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Tejano South Texas.; Online version:: Tejano South Texas.DDC classification: 976.4/40046872
Contents:
Borderland culture region -- Land beyond the Nueces -- Territory shaped -- Homeland forged -- Texas Mexican spaces -- Texas Mexican small towns -- Texas Mexican cities -- Texas Mexican social identities -- Tejano cultural province.
Summary: Examines the cultural geography of Tejano South Texas and the Mexican ancestry of its residents, discussing where they originated, when they came to Texas, and how the area differs from other Mexican American regions.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-258) and index.

Borderland culture region -- Land beyond the Nueces -- Territory shaped -- Homeland forged -- Texas Mexican spaces -- Texas Mexican small towns -- Texas Mexican cities -- Texas Mexican social identities -- Tejano cultural province.

Examines the cultural geography of Tejano South Texas and the Mexican ancestry of its residents, discussing where they originated, when they came to Texas, and how the area differs from other Mexican American regions.

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Ever since reviewing Don Mitchell's The Lie of the Land (1996), this reviewer has been fascinated by the theorization and historical study of the production of landscape as it relates to working-class Mexicans. Geographer Arreola's overview of what are essentially the counties closest to the Rio Grande River is tremendously informative, but it doesn't convey the same sense of place described by Mitchell or even by built environment scholars. The ranchos, plazas, barrios, and colonias are all there, but the importance of the Rio Grande seems to be missing, and glimpses of how the area is bound to the other side of the river are absent. Here the use of Mexican sources would have helped, something that is not only missing in Arreloa's work but in most scholarly work on the region. Arreola argues that Tejanos are unique, and that is probably so, but what makes them unique is really never answered. While the book is a bit Texascentric, it gives the reader a lot to think about, which a good book should do. With a good index, bibliography, and footnotes, this is strongly recommended for all collections. R. Acu^D na California State University, Northridge

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