A Grounded Identidad: Making New Lives in Chicago's Puerto Rican Neighborhoods by Merida M. Rua

A Grounded Identidad: Making New Lives in Chicago's Puerto Rican Neighborhoods

byMerida M. Rua

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Chicago is home to the third-largest concentration of Puerto Ricans in the United States, but scholarship on the city rarely accounts for their presence. This book is part of an effort to include Puerto Ricans in Chicago's history. Rua traces Puerto Ricans' construction of identity in anarrative that begins in 1945, when a small group of University of Puerto Rico graduates earned scholarships to attend the University of Chicago and a private employment agency recruited Puerto Rican domestics and foundry workers. They arrived from an island colony where they had held U.S.citizenship and where most thought of themselves as "white." But in Chicago, Puerto Ricans were considered "colored" and their citizenship was second class. They seemed to share few of the rights other Chicagoans took for granted. In her analysis of the following six decades--during which Chicagowitnessed urban renewal, loss of neighborhoods, emergence of multiracial coalitions, waves of protest movements, and everyday commemorations of death and life--Rua explores the ways in which Puerto Ricans have negotiated their identity as Puerto Ricans, Latinos, and U.S. citizens.Through a variety of sources, including oral history interviews, ethnographic observation, archival research, and textual criticism, A Grounded Identidad attempts to redress this oversight of traditional scholarship on Chicago by presenting not only Puerto Ricans' reconstitution from colonialsubjects to second-class citizens, but also by examining the implications of this political reality on the ways in which Puerto Ricans have been racially imagined and positioned in comparison to blacks, whites, and Mexicans over time.

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Merida M. Rua is Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and American Studies at Williams College
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Title:A Grounded Identidad: Making New Lives in Chicago's Puerto Rican NeighborhoodsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.03 inPublished:August 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsPrologueField Trips and Field Notes: Reflections on Memory and Neighborhoods1. A Femail Network of Domestics, Student Allies, and Social Workers2. "Non-Resident Persons": Navigating the Limitations of US Citizenship3. Neighborhood Obituaries, Resilient Communities4. Tangled Relations of Identidad5. "Nobody dies on the eve of their last day": Rites of Passage and Personhood6. Communities of Reciprocal Knowledge: Home Work, Fieldwork: Research and AccountabilityEssay on Methodology and SourcesAppendix A: Consent formAppendix B: Formulario de consentimientoAppendix C: Preliminary Questions to Ask in Formal and Informal InterviewsAppendix D: Preguntas preliminares que hacer en entrevistas formales y en entrevistas informalesNotesBibliographyIndex

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"Rua skillfully incorporates her ethnographic research - such as her observations - to clearly show that the past is inextricably linked to the present, even as space and relationships have changed over the years. With reference to major events affecting Puerto Ricans and other people of colorin Chicago, Rua clearly shows how identity is interconnected with time and place. [T]his interdisciplinary work makes an important contribution to existing studies on Puerto Rican immigration." --Journal of American Studies