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Politica: Nuevomexicanos and American Political Incorporation, 1821-1910

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Phillip B. Gonzales

About the Book

Política offers a stunning revisionist understanding of the early political incorporation of Mexican-origin peoples into the U.S. body politic in the nineteenth century. Historical sociologist Phillip B. Gonzales reexamines the fundamental issue in New Mexico’s history, namely, the dramatic shift in national identities initiated by Nuevomexicanos when their province became ruled by the United States.

Gonzales provides an insightful, rigorous, and controversial interpretation of how Nuevomexicano political competition was woven into the Democratic and Republican two-party system that emerged in the United States between the 1850s and 1912, when New Mexico became a state. Drawing on newly discovered archival and primary sources, he explores how Nuevomexicanos relied on a long tradition of political engagement and a preexisting republican disposition and practice to elaborate a dual-party political system mirroring the contours of U.S. national politics.

Política is a tour de force of political history in the nineteenth-century U.S.–Mexico borderlands that reinterprets colonization, reconstructs Euro-American and Nuevomexicano relations, and recasts the prevailing historical narrative of territorial expansion and incorporation in North American imperial history. Gonzales provides critical insights into several discrete historical processes, such as U.S. racialization and citizenship, integration and marginalization, accommodation and resistance, internal colonialism, and the long struggle for political inclusion in the borderlands, shedding light on debates taking place today over Latinos and U.S. citizenship.   
 

A Shared Future: Faith-Based Organizing for Racial Equity and Ethical Democracy

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Dr. Richard L. Wood, Dr. Brad R. Fulton

In November 2015, the University of Chicago Press published  A Shared Future: Faith-Based Organizing for Racial Equity and Ethical Democracy by Richard L. Wood (UNM Department of Sociology) and Brad R. Fulton (Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs). The book analyzes contemporary organizing for racial equity in the United States, particularly within organizations that include white, African-American, Latino, and other diverse participants building shared commitment to racial equality. 

Mapping Race: Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research

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by Laura E. Gomez and Nancy Lopez

Recently reviewed in the American Journal of Sociology. Review by: Osagie K. Obasogie. American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 120, No. 4 (January 2015), pp. 1234-1236.

Knowledge in the Time of Cholera:

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Owen Whooley
The Struggle over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century

Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section (SKAT) of the American Sociological Association (ASA) has awarded Dr. Owen Whooley’s book Knowledge in the Time of Cholera: The Struggle over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century this year's Robert K. Merton Book Award. Congratulations! The SKAT section reviewed over 40 books for this award and chose Owen’s book as the outstanding one. Whooley, Owen. 2013. Knowledge in the Time of Cholera: The Professional Politics of Medicine in the Nineteenth Century United States. University of Chicago Press.