Bridging the Community

Debra Lattanzi Shutika

in Beyond the Borderlands

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780520269583
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950238 | DOI:
Bridging the Community

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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

Chapter.  10637 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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