Sociology of Chicanos or Chicano Sociology?: A Critical Assessment of Emergent Paradigms

1982 The Pacific Sociological Review  
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more » ... he Pacific Sociological Review. This article examines and critically evaluates a recent review in this journal of theoretical trends and themes in sociological writings about Chicanos. In the process it attempts to draw a critical distinction between the sociology of Chicanos and Chicano sociology. A basic thesis advanced is that if the sociology of Chicanos is to grow and develop as a distinct area of study it must eschew majority perspectives and work toward the development of a Chicano paradigm that will not only enhance understanding of Chicano experience but, hopefully, work to end the subordinate condition of Chicanos. In a recent article, "Sociological Theory in Emergent Chicano Perspectives," Maxine Baca Zinn sought "to identify theoretical themes and trends in the range of sociological writings about Chicanos" (1981: 255). This work is significant, not only because it is the first systematic and comprehensive review of recent theoretical developments in newly emergent Chicano perspectives, but because it addresses issues that are fundamental to the development of Chicano sociology. She also critically evaluates an earlier work in which I proposed a new paradigm of Chicano sociology for the social sciences (Mirande, 1978). Baca Zinn raises a number of critical questions in her article that must be resolved before Chicano sociology can gain acceptance as an unique and distinctive area of study. Here I shall
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