Congratulation to Dr. Geurrero!
Latinas/os and Asians Remaking Arkansas provides a framework that scrutinizes the legacies of southern history in terms of dealing with racial difference and driving economic development, takes into account political and social factors, and considers how refugees and immigrants negotiate these dynamics in their daily lives and interactions. The text moves beyond “Nuevo South” as a catchphrase and gives it rigor in order to constitute an analytically sound concept of social relations akin to “New South” in historical scholarship. That literature, anchored originally by W.E.B. Du Bois’ Black Reconstruction and C. Vann Woodward’s Origins of the New South, demonstrates that the post-Reconstruction South was marketed as having reinvented the ideology of the South in order to produce a business friendly and not (as) racist region in an attempt to secure Northern investment. New South leaders adjusted their regime of accumulation and used new labor forces in a manner most financially beneficial for them yet did little to disrupt the socioeconomic and political landscape. I contend a similar process happened in Arkansas and the region at the end of the twentieth century. At the intersections of southern studies and Chicana/o and Latina/o history, Latinas/os and Asians Remaking Arkansas, is poised to show how old systems of oppression are reformulated to deal with new ethnic, racial, and legal difference.
Congratulations to Dr. Guerrero!