Identitäten und Sinnbezüge in der Stadt. Hispanics im Südwesten der USA
(Ethnologie. Forschung und Wissenschaft 9)
Münster: Lit Verlag 2005
236 pp., Euro 19.90; ISBN 3-8258-9041-4

Identities and relations of meaning in the city. Hispanics in Southwestern USA
Based on fieldwork this book deals with collective identities, representations, and inter-ethnic relations in two hispanic neighborhoods of Albuquerque, Old Town and Barelas. While in Old Town identities are made visible and public through symbolic practice aimed at claiming public space, Barelas collective identities are much less expressive and present. Dürr tries to explain these differences through historical developments, structural traits, and spatial conditions. Thus, Dürr introduces the history of New
Mexico and Albuquerque (Spanish conquest, foundation, trade routes, Mexican independence, American Civil War, the railway...), present-day conditons, followed by the empirical part, which first describes the general regional and urban development and setting for the two neighborhoods. Then, identities are focused, such as descent, religion (these two being predominant identity factors perceived as essentialist by the population), values, self-image, the emergence of ílocal spaces´ and their function in the case of Old Town, or loss of social relations in Barelas, or present processes of revitalization and development in Barelas.

Keywords: Albuquerque identities, identities in Albuquerque, space and identity, urban development, collective identities