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
ByFrancisco A. Lomelí, Denise A. Segura, Elyette Benjamin-Labarthe

part I|88 pages

Chicana/o history and social movements

chapter 1|14 pages

What is Aztlán?

Homeland, quest, female place
ByDavid Carrasco

chapter 2|16 pages

Chicana/o history

A generational approach
ByMario T. García

chapter 3|15 pages

Recent Chicana/o historiography

Advances, shortcomings, and challenges
ByAlex M. Saragoza

chapter 4|10 pages

The Chicano movement

ByRamón A. Gutiérrez

chapter 5|14 pages

A genealogy of Chicana history, the Chicana movement, and Chicana Studies

ByMiroslava Chávez-García

chapter 6|18 pages

Bilingual education

History, policy, and insights from critical race theory
ByGrace P. McField

part II|66 pages


chapter 7|15 pages

México y lo Mexicano in Aztlán

A study of transborder economic, cultural, and political links
ByDavid R. Maciel, María Rosa García-Acevedo

chapter 8|11 pages

Immigration, Latinas/os, and the media

ByLeo R. Chávez

chapter 9|12 pages

Mobilizing for life

Illegality, organ transplants, and migrant biosociality
ByJonathan Xavier Inda

chapter 10|16 pages

Discourses of violence and peace

About and on the U.S.-Mexico border
ByMaría Socorro Tabuenca

chapter 11|10 pages

Reconstructing home in the borderlands

ByPatricia Zavella

part III|61 pages

Cultural production in local and global settings

chapter 13|12 pages

The challenge of Chicana/o music

BySteven Loza

chapter 15|12 pages

From Don Juan to Dolores Huerta

Foundational Chicana/o films
ByCatherine Leen

chapter 16|10 pages

Origins and evolution of Homies as hip Rasquache cultural artifacts

Taking the Homies out of the barrio or the barrio out of the Homies 1
ByFrancisco A. Lomelí

part IV|67 pages

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

chapter 17|14 pages

The embodied epistemology of Chicana/o mestizaje

ByRafael Pérez-Torres

chapter 18|13 pages

New tribalism and Chicana/o Indigeneity in the work of Gloria Anzaldúa 1

ByDomino Renee Pérez

chapter 19|13 pages

“Aztlán es una fábula”

Navigating postnational spaces in Chicana/o culture 1
ByMarc Priewe

chapter 20|13 pages

Regional singularity and decolonial Chicana/o Studies

ByLene M. Johannessen

chapter 21|13 pages

Transnationalism Chicana/o style

ByKarin Ikas

part V|62 pages

Chicana/o identities and political expressions

chapter 22|12 pages

Narrative identity and the dialectics of selfhood in Chicana/o writings

BySophia Emmanouilidou

chapter 23|10 pages

The challenge of colorism in the Chicana/o community

ByMargaret Hunter

chapter 24|14 pages

Bilingualism and biculturalism

Spanish, English, Spanglish?
ByCecilia Montes-Alcalá

chapter 25|15 pages

The landscapes and languaging 1 of Chicana feminisms

ByAída Hurtado

chapter 26|10 pages

The aesthetics of healing and love

An epistemic genealogy of jota/o aesthetic traditions 1
ByWilliam A. Calvo-Quirós

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
ByGuisela Latorre

chapter 28|12 pages

Resisting the dominant Anglo American discourse

Political activism and the art of protest
ByAstrid M. Fellner, Claire M. Massey

chapter 29|14 pages

Spanish-language media

From politics of resistance to politics of pan-ethnicity
ByXavier Medina Vidal, Federico Subervi-Vélez

chapter 30|17 pages

Transnational incest

Sexual violence and migration in Mexican families
ByGloria González-López

part VII|57 pages

International perspectives on Chicana/o Studies

chapter 31|13 pages

Chicana/o Studies in France

Emergence and development
ByElyette Benjamin-Labarthe

chapter 32|12 pages

Chicana/o Studies and Inter-American Studies in Germany

ByGabriele Pisarz-Ramírez

chapter 33|17 pages

The reception of Chicana/o literature and culture in Italy

A survey
ByErminio Corti