List of Chican@ studies books

Here is a list of Chican@ studies books I have compiled.  Please feel free to add to the list so that we can collect and share the wealth of knowledge we all have.

Globalization and immigration:

Indigenous Mexican Migrants in the U.S., Gaspar Rivera-Salgado.

Just Neighbors?: Research on African American and Latino Relations in the U.S., Gaspar Rivera-Salgado. 

Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, David Bacon.   

Zapotec Women: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Globalized Oaxaca, Lynn Stephen.

Transborder Lives: Indigenous Oaxacans in Mexico, California, and Oregon, Lynn Stephen.

Consuming Mexican Labor: From the Bracero Program to NAFTA, Ronald L. Mize.


Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, Eduardo Galeano. 

Mexico Profundo: Reclaiming a Civilization, Guillermo Bonfil Batalla. 

Occupied America: A History of Chicanos, Rodolfo Acuna.

Blowout!: Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice, Mario Garcia.

Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945, George J. Sanchez.


The Tempest, Shakespeare.

Always Running- La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A., Luis Rodriguez.

Yo Soy Joaquin/I am Joaquin, Rodolfo Gonzalez. 

Zoot Suit and Other Plays, Luis Valdez.

The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros.

The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings, Octavio Paz. 

On Race and Ethnicity:

Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self, Linda Alcoff.

Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s, Michael Omi and Howard Winant. 

The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice, Howard Winant. 

Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation, and Race, Edward Telles.  

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, Richard Delgado.

The Latino Condition: A Critical Reader, Richard Delgado. 

Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement, Kimberle Crenshaw. 

How Racism Takes place and The Possessive Investment of Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics, George Lipsitz.  

Anatomy of Racism, David Theo Goldberg.  

Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California, Tomas Almaguer. 

Chicana Feminism:

Chicana Power!, Maylei Blackwell. 

De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century, E.S. Martinez. 

The Woman in the Zoot Suit, Catherine Ramirez. 

Gender on the Borerlands: The Frontiers Reader, Patricia Hart, Susan Armitage, Karen Weathermon, Adeleida del Castillo.

Terrorizing Women: Feminicide in the Americas, Rosa Linda Fregoso. 

meXicana Encounters: The Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands, Rosa Linda Fregoso. 

Borderlands/La Frontera, Gloria Anzaldua. 

Women and Social movements in Latin America: Power from Below, Lynn Stephen.

Femicide, Free Trade, and La Frontera, Alicia Gaspar de Alba.  

Academic writers (from what I know, have only have published in academic journals):

Jonathan Fox

Daniel Solorzano

Antonio Castaneda

Stuart Cosgrove

Raymund Paredes

Chicanos and Geography:

Barrio Urbanism: Chicanos, Planning and American Cities, David R. Diaz.

Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World  Arturo Escobar

Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes, Arturo Escobar.

Barrio Gangs, James Diego Vigil.

Chicano Nations, Marissa K. Lopez.

Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los        Angeles, Eric Avila. 

Others that are essential but I didn’t know where to place them:

Chicano Art Inside/Outside the Master’s House: Cultural Politics and the CARA Exhibition, Alicia Gaspar de Alba. 

Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paolo Freire. 

The Colonizer and the Colonized, Albert Memmi. 

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    There are some, uh… “interesting” choices on this list. To each their own, I suppose. Here are my essentials: Chicana...
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    I would also add This Bridge Called My Back by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa.
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