Pressing Onward: The Imperative Resilience of Latina Migrant Mothers (Hardcover)

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Pressing Onward centers the stories of mothers who migrated from Latin America, settled in New Haven, Connecticut, and overcame trauma and ongoing adversity to build futures for their children. These migrant mothers enact imperative resilience, engaging cognitive and social strategies to resist racial, economic, and gender-based oppression to seguir adelante, or press onward. Both a contemporary view of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on racially minoritized populations and a timeless account of the ways immigration enforcement and healthcare inequality affect migrant mothers, Pressing Onward uses ethnography to tell a greater story of persistence amid long-standing structural violence.

About the Author

Jessica P. Cerdeña is an anthropologist, family physician-in-training, and mother of two who lives in New Haven, Connecticut, where she advocates for racial justice and health equity (Twitter: @jes_cerdena).

Praise For…

"[Cerdeña’s] own experiences as an activist and volunteer strengthen her commentary on the failures of health care services available to undocumented women, particularly in relation to prenatal and maternity needs. . . .. In the end, it is their words that give this work coherence and meaning. . . .Recommended."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520394001
ISBN-10: 0520394003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: April 11th, 2023
Pages: 244
Language: English