By Nicholas De Genova
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Ramos-Zayas’s research, although it included consideration of both Island-born and Mainland-born Puerto Ricans, was primarily focused on second-generation Chicago-born Puerto Ricans. De Genova’s work is also more singularly concerned with working-class Mexican migrants, and especially factory workers, whereas Ramos-Zayas’s study, while also significantly interested in poor and working-class Puerto Rican barrio residents, includes extensive materials generated among high school students and community activists, as well as comparative material from middle-class professionals.
The “anthropological” aspirations of these two research projects were inextricable from the politics of our respective social locations. S. —not only as noncitizens, but very commonly as undocumented migrants, and in a sociopolitical context of heightened hostility and restriction against them as such. As someone racialized as white, he was investigating processes of racialization in the experiences of people who came to be racialized as not-white. As a credentialed intellectual affiliated to an elite university, and thus, as a relatively privileged and effectively middle-class professional, he was studying class formation and labor subordination among factory workers.
Rather than a mere background, space can be usefully understood as a social relation in itself, a social relation that therefore must be produced and reproduced, as well as reformulated and transformed. As Henri Lefebvre points out, with specific regard to the city and 30 • LATINO CROSSINGS the urban sphere, space may be “the setting of struggle,” but it is not only this; it is also “the stakes of that struggle” (1991 :386). ” Struggles over social space and the differences they produce, in short, are inseparable from more general conflicts over inequalities of power and wealth.