Roberto Lint SagarenaAztlán and Arcadia: Religion, Ethnicity, and the Creation of Place

NYU Press, 2014

by David-James Gonzales on September 23, 2015

Roberto Lint Sagarena

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The (re)making of place has composed an essential aspect of Southern California history from the era of Spanish colonialism to the present. In Aztlán and Arcadia: Religion, Ethnicity, and the Creation of Place (NYU Press, 2014) Associate Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College Roberto Ramón Lint Sagarena examines the competing narratives of Anglo American conquest and ethnic Mexican reconquest following the U.S. War with Mexico in the mid-19th century. Employing a transnational lens that illuminates the commonalities between Spanish colonizers, Mexican criollos, Anglo American settlers, and ethnic Mexican Californians, Dr. Lint Sagarena argues that the ethno-nationalist histories of Aztlán and Arcadia share commonalities in logic, language, and symbolism that are rooted in religious culture and history. From Anglo American Hispanophilia to Chicana/o indigenismo, Professor Lint Sagarena sheds new light on the region's long and conflicted history over its multi-ethnic past as well as the understanding by many of its inhabitants that "owning place requires owning history."

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