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Chapter 4. Solving Problems Through Adva... > CASE STUDY: Patricia Wynjenek's Offi...

CASE STUDY: Patricia Wynjenek's Office

Department of Anthropology ▪ Hastings University ▪ Las Palmas, New Mexico

Patricia Wynjenek found herself thinking again about Indigo, Texas, a place she was first introduced to a little more than thirty years before when she was a VISTA volunteer, working on problems of economic development among the substantial poverty community. The city, which is on the border between the United States and Mexico, was at the time 93 percent Mexican American, politically and commercially run by Mexican Americans (not Anglos, as was the case with most other border cities of its size), and had the dubious distinction of having one of the lowest per capita incomes in the country. Patricia spent fourteen months there at that time, got to know numerous residents of the poor barrios, and helped establish a cooperative grocery store that was intended to encourage community economic empowerment.


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