Chicana/o Studies in an Era of Globalization, War and Mass Expulsions, NACCS 2017

The official history of NACCS states that “In 1972, at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association held in San Antonio, Texas, Chicano faculty and students active in the American Sociological Association, American Anthropological Association and the American Political-Science Association came together to discuss the need for a national association of Chicana/o scholar activists. Discussions culminated in a proposal to establish the National Caucus of Chicano Social Scientists (NCCSS).”

Since that time, the field of Chicana/o Studies has blossomed into a multiplicity of different perspectives, theories, and even graduate degrees that award PhD.  Coupled with this growth have also been the comparisons among other ethnic groups, particularly those considered “stateless” and without a home, for example, migrants to the Americas.  Since the 1970s, the US has also been mired in a perpetual state of war, conflict, and intervention while simultaneously overseeing some of the largest mass deportations in its history.  Rough estimates are that the Administration of William Clinton deported 12 million people to Mexico and Central America; G.W. Bush probably deported close to 10 million while Barack Obama’s administration deported close to 3 million and the numbers are rising.

If Chicana/o Studies is a scholarly discipline that merges theory and practice, what impact does constant war, terror and mass deportations mean for the discipline?  What strategies and perspectives, coupled with community activism, can serve to address this global trinity of globalization, war and mass expulsions?

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