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Beyond the BorderlandsMigration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico$
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Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520269583

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520269583.001.0001

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Bridging the Community

Bridging the Community

Nativism, Activism, and the Politics of Belonging

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(p.136) Five Bridging the Community
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Beyond the Borderlands
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Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520269583.003.0005

This chapter explores Kennett Square's English-speaking population's influences on Mexican belonging through organized social action, particularly through an exploration of the origins and effects of the grassroots social movement Bridging the Community. It also investigates how anti-immigrant sentiment can find its voice through social agency. The events surrounding the formation of the Bridging movement provide a clear illustration of how collective emotional responses of anxiety and fear work to foment social action in an effort to reaffirm local identity. The English-speaking community considered Bridging the Community an unqualified success and a reflection of the Bridging motto that Kennett Square is “every day a better place to grow up and grow old.” The Bridging movement is well intentioned. However, Bridging the Community has fallen short of its goal of incorporating Mexican settlers, making further integration and mutual understanding in Kennett Square unlikely.

Keywords:   Kennett Square, Mexican belonging, Bridging the Community, social movement, Bridging movement, English-speaking community, Mexican settlers

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