Latino/a Popular Culture

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Michelle Habell-Pallán, Mary Romero
NYU Press, 2002 - Social Science - 280 pages
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Latinos have become the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. While the presence of Latinos and Latinas in mainstream news and in popular culture in the United States buttresses the much-heralded Latin Explosion, the images themselves are often contradictory.

In Latino/a Popular Culture, Habell-Pallán and Romero have brought together scholars from the humanities and social sciences to analyze representations of Latinidad in a diversity of genres - media, culture, music, film, theatre, art, and sports - that are emerging across the nation in relation to Chicanas, Chicanos, mestizos, Puerto Ricans, Caribbeans, Central Americans and South Americans, and Latinos in Canada.

Contributors include Adrian Burgos, Jr., Luz Calvo, Arlene Dávila, Melissa A. Fitch, Michelle Habell-Pallán, Tanya Katerí Hernández, Josh Kun, Frances Negron-Muntaner, William A. Nericcio, Raquel Z. Rivera, Ana Patricia Rodríguez, Gregory Rodriguez, Mary Romero, Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez, Christopher A. Shinn, Deborah R. Vargas, and Juan Velasco.

Cover artwork "Layering the Decades" by Diane Gamboa, 2002, mixed media on paper, 11 X 8.5". Copyright 2001, Diane Gamboa. Printed with permission.

  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
MEDIACULTURE
1Talking Back
2Barbies Hair
RAISING HAIR BARBIES LOCKS AND PUERTO RICANAMERICAN IDENTITY
WHY ISLANDERS LOVED BARBIE
SELLING OUT PUERTO RICANNESS
THEATER AND ART
9Paul Simons The Capeman
AQUÍ Y ALLÁ
VIVA PUERTO RICO
THE REAL THING
A POSTMODERN SPECTACLE
10Gender Bending in Latino Theater
11Dont Call Us Hispanic

3The Buena Vista Social Club
THE BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB NARRATIVE
THE RACIAL POLITICS OF NOSTALGIA
4Lemme Stay I Want to Watch
MUSIC
5Encrucijadas
BUSCANDO CENTRO AMÉRICA IN BLADESS WORK
WHY PRETEND THE NORTH IS IN THE SOUTH?
BUILDING TRANSNATIONAL INTERDISCURSIVE COMMUNITIES
6The Sun Never Sets on MTV
ACTING LOCAL
STOLEN AT VIDEOPOINT
THE LAST STREET OF TIJUANA
VIDEO HAHA
WATERS EDGE
7Bidi Bidi Bom Bom
TEJAS IN THE AMÉRICAS
EL SONIDO Y IMAGINARIO DE TEJAS THE SOUND AND IMAGINARY OF TEJAS
8Hip Hop and New York Puerto Ricans
THE HIP HOP ZONE
AN MC FIRST
BORIQUAS ON THE SET
BORICUA NIGGAS IN THE AGE OF THE EBONIC PLAGUE
WELCOME TO THE AMÉRICAS
DONT CALL US HISPANIC
THIS IS FOR LA RAZA
12A Decidedly Mexican and American Semierotic Transference
AFTERWORD
EXERGUE
13Performing Multiple Identities
THE INDIAN IN THE CAGE
THE PUEBLOS MANY PRACTICES OF IDENTITY
INTERROGATING MESTIZOS OTHERNESS
SPORTS
14Learning Americas Other Game
WHO WAS SANDY NAVA?
BECOMING LATINO IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES
LESSONS LEARNED
15Fútbol Nation
FÚTBOL AND LATINOA POPULAR CULTURE
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER AND US LATINOA FANS
IS THE PLAYING FIELD LOCAL NATIONAL OR TRANSNATIONAL?
16Boxing and Masculinity
Contributors
Index
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Michelle Habell-Pallánis an Associate Professor in the Women Studies Department at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is the co-editor with Mary Romero ofLatino/a Popular Culture(NYU Press, 2002).

Mary Romero is Professor of Justice Studies at Arizona University. She is the author or editor of many books, including Maid in the U.S.A . In 2012, she was awarded the Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award by the Latino/Latina Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

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