When Mexican immigrants come to the United States, they struggle with the transition from their old home to the new. This sense of isolation from American society only becomes more entrenched with the lack of connection to the American political process.
Xochitl Bada emphasizes the importance of Hometown Associations in promoting binational civic engagement. Civic engagement, according to Bada, is not limited to the voting booth, but also includes faith-based moral communities, parent-teacher associations, local school councils, and many other types of organizations.
Xochitl Bada University of Illinois Chicago
Ms. Bada’s scholarship focuses on the civic, cultural, and political participation of Chicago-based Mexican migrants. Her book, titled Mexican Migrant Hometown Associations in Chicagoacán, was published by Rutgers University Press.
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