Haciendo Pueblo: The Development of a Guadalajaran Suburb

Haciendo Pueblo: The Development of a Guadalajaran Suburb

Haciendo Pueblo: The Development of a Guadalajaran Suburb

Haciendo Pueblo: The Development of a Guadalajaran Suburb

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The present book describes many aspects of the life of Sta. Cecilia, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. I was an observer of and participant in almost all of the activities described in the vignettes which open chapters 3-6. My descriptions, however, are augmented by the accounts that informants gave me of their thoughts and activities that I would not otherwise have known. I spent the years 1974-1975 and parts of the summers of 1977 and 1980 living in Sta. Cecilia and doing the fieldwork for the study that has become this volume. At the request of the residents I came to know, I have used their true first names rather than pseudonyms. I consider their request that I do so indicative of their candor and pride in their achievements. As a precaution, however, to protect their identity I have omitted last names of residents from the following pages. Similarly, I have referred to the community development agency that worked in Sta. Cecilia by a pseudonym, Acción Comunidad, to protect its identity. I have chosen to do so especially because many of my comments about this agency are quite critical. References to Cata in this book mean me--it is a shortened version of Catalina, my name in Spanish.

The demographic data that I report came, with the exception noted immediately below, from the social work files at Acción Comunidad. Data on the origins of migrants that I report in chapter 6, however, stem from my own survey, conducted during my stay in the community. I recorded the data about the scripts of the slide presentations and sociodramas, reported in chapter 6, when they were shown at public festivals in Sta. Cecilia. Quotations of statements by Acción Comunidad staff and community residents cited throughout the book I recorded either during interviews and conversations with them or while I listened to comments that they made at meetings. The data about the newsletter distributed in Sta. Cecilia by Acción Comunidad I compiled directly from copies given to me.

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