The Routledge Handbook of Chicana/o Studies is a unique interdisciplinary resource for students, libraries, and researchers interested in the largest and most rapidly growing racial-ethnic community in the United States and elsewhere which can either be identified as Chicano, Latino, Hispanic, or Mexican-American. Structured around seven comprehensive themes, the volume is for students of American studies, the Social Sciences, and the Humanities. The volume is organized around seven critical domains in Chicana/o Studies:

  • Chicana/o History and Social Movements
  • Borderlands, Global Migrations, Employment, and Citizenship
  • Cultural Production in Global and Local Settings
  • Chicana/o Identities
  • Schooling, Language, and Literacy
  • Violence, Resistance, and Empowerment
  • International Perspectives

The Handbook will stress the importance of the historical origins of the Chicana/o Studies field. Starting from myth of origins, Aztlán, alleged cradle of the Chicana/o people lately substantiated by the findings of archaeology and anthropology, over Spanish/Indigenous relations until the present time. Essays will explore cultural and linguistic hybridism and showcase artistic practices (visual arts, music, and dance) through popular (folklore) or high culture achievements (museums, installations) highlighting the growth of a critical perspective grounded on key theoretical formulations including borderlands theories, intersectionalities, critical race theory, and cultural analysis.

chapter |8 pages


Handbook of Chicana/o Studies

part I|88 pages

Chicana/o history and social movements

chapter 1|14 pages

What is Aztlán?

Homeland, quest, female place

chapter 2|16 pages

Chicana/o history

A generational approach

chapter 3|15 pages

Recent Chicana/o historiography

Advances, shortcomings, and challenges

chapter 4|10 pages

The Chicano movement

chapter 6|18 pages

Bilingual education

History, policy, and insights from critical race theory

part II|66 pages


chapter 7|15 pages

México y lo Mexicano in Aztlán

A study of transborder economic, cultural, and political links

chapter 9|12 pages

Mobilizing for life

Illegality, organ transplants, and migrant biosociality

chapter 10|16 pages

Discourses of violence and peace

About and on the U.S.-Mexico border

part III|61 pages

Cultural production in local and global settings

part IV|67 pages

Indigeneity, mestizaje, postnationalism, and transnationalism: overarching phenomena of interdisciplinarity

chapter 19|13 pages

“Aztlán es una fábula”

Navigating postnational spaces in Chicana/o culture 1

chapter 21|13 pages

Transnationalism Chicana/o style

part V|62 pages

Chicana/o identities and political expressions

chapter 24|14 pages

Bilingualism and biculturalism

Spanish, English, Spanglish?

chapter 26|10 pages

The aesthetics of healing and love

An epistemic genealogy of jota/o aesthetic traditions 1

part VI|59 pages

Violence, resistance, and empowerment

chapter 27|15 pages

The art of disruption

Chicana/o art’s politicized strategies for aesthetic innovation

chapter 28|12 pages

Resisting the dominant Anglo American discourse

Political activism and the art of protest

chapter 29|14 pages

Spanish-language media

From politics of resistance to politics of pan-ethnicity

chapter 30|17 pages

Transnational incest

Sexual violence and migration in Mexican families

part VII|57 pages

International perspectives on Chicana/o Studies