The New Americans describes the life of immigrants and transnationals in the Lower Rio Grande Valley where poverty is the "training ground" for people's resilience and capacity to adapt to different social and economic settings. At the heart of their ability to survive and succeed is their ability to form a strong personal and ethnic identity that allows them to accommodate new life styles without losing their self-respect. Trueba shows how the resilience and diverse cultural experiences of transnationals and immigrants enable them to succeed in school and in their work and communities. Trueba articulates Paulo Freire's critical pedagogy with the sociohistorical school of psychology led by Vygotsky, theories that are complementary and enhanced by the analysis of instructional activities. The book is enriched by exercises suggested at the end of each chapter, by a glossary, and by questions for final examinations that permit instructors to measure student proficiency.
Enrique T. Trueba (1931-2004) was the Ruben E. Hinojosa Regents Professor Emeritus in Education, University of Texas, Austin. He was elected to the National Academy of Education. He also authored Latinos Unidos and edited Immigrant Voices. He published a number of books and articles on cultural and linguistic diversity, immigrant children, and resilience.
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1 The Social and Cultural Context of Life in the Valley Chapter 3 2 Immigration and the Transnational Experience Chapter 4 3 Ethnic Identity Formation of Immigrants and Transnationals: The Struggle for Liberation in America Chapter 5 4 Liberation and Cognitive Development: A Vygotskian Approach to the Empowerment of Immigrants and Transnationals Chapter 6 5 A Case Study of Educational Leadership Chapter 7 6 Resilience and Educational Leadership Chapter 8 7 Building a New America With Immigrants and Transnationals: "With Equity and Justice for All" Part 9 Appendix: Trueba's Life as an Ethnographer Part 10 Glossary Part 11 Selected Bibliography of Henry Trueba Part 12 Index