Contents: Issues and Contexts: Place, Time, Identity. Souls
and Minds: Norteno's Educational History. People Without a
Language: Language Without a People. Caught in the Ebb and Flow of
Cultural Crosscurrents. Domains of Individuality: Public and
Private. A Fitting School: The Politics of Language and Identity.
Appendices: Population Decline of Hispano Villages,
1900-1980. The New Mexico Bilingual-Multicultural Act.
"For those of us who are involved in the struggle for equity and
academic success of all students, Roberts' accounts and
descriptions are accurate and familiar. For those who are trying to
learn about the conditions of schooling, and about the histories,
social conditions, and politics of Latino communities, Roberts'
study of the Nortenos is an invaluable resource. It is also a
wonderful model of sound qualitative research."
-Anthropology & Education Quarterly"A beautiful piece of work....It is particularly relevant today, in light of the rapid changes areas like Norteno are experiencing....The Norteno story illustrates the discrepancy between the speed of change and human ability to adapt to it....Roberts takes a panoramic view of a community in transition that is unusual in the field....This method provides a highly textured narrative that approaches lived experience....Although the book centers on just one community, it reminds me of Heath's Ways With Words in its even-handedness and generous descriptions of the actors in the story."
Arizona State University