The Near Northwest Side Story: Migration, Displacement, and by Gina Perez

By Gina Perez

Within the close to Northwest aspect tale, Gina M. P?rez deals an intimate and unvarnished portrait of Puerto Rican lifestyles in Chicago and San Sebastian, Puerto Rico--two locations attached through a protracted historical past of circulating humans, principles, items, and data. P?rez's masterful combination of background and ethnography explores the a number of and gendered purposes for migration, why humans preserve transnational connections with far-off groups, and the way negative and working-class Puerto Ricans paintings to construct significant groups. P?rez lines the altering ways in which Puerto Ricans have skilled poverty, displacement, and discrimination and illustrates how they think and construct prolonged households and dense social networks that hyperlink San Sebastian to barrios in Chicago. She comprises an incisive research of the position of the kingdom in shaping migration via such tasks because the Chardon Plan, Operation Bootstrap, and the Chicago test. The close to Northwest aspect tale presents a distinct window at the many suggestions humans use to withstand the detrimental outcomes of globalization, monetary improvement, and gentrification.

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I enjoyed the challenge of a mixed-age group of students, and I was sobered by students’ stories about their daily lives and the reasons why they were spending their summer studying for a high school equivalency exam. Their daily essays, journal entries, and discussion of current events revealed a public school system that had failed them—or pushed them out, as the Centro’s staV explained to me—and how troubles with gangs, drugs, and daily violence, struggles with public aid, and a dominant perception of them as lazy, dangerous, and undeserving shaped their daily lives.

San Sebastián is not unique in this regard. In fact, the transformations characterizing the town in the postwar era reXect important islandwide economic, political, and cultural changes and reveal quite dramatically the ideological underpinnings of Puerto Rico’s industrialization program, including the ways in which the island’s rural population and women have been implicated in these processes. For the architects of Puerto Rico’s industrialization program, the project’s success rested largely on mobilizing residents of places like San Sebastián as industrial laborers, migrants, and ultimately transnational actors.

Some had passed the exam, while others were simply unable to continue their studies at that time. To my dismay, the new group of students didn’t meet my expectations from previous experience. There were more young men and fewer women and mothers my age, and it was very clear that we were equally concerned about how we would get along. A few weeks into the course, however, we relaxed around each other and began telling stories and sharing experiences beyond the classroom. One October morning, my students excitedly talked about Fox’s television program Faces of Death, which had aired the night before.

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