From Bomba to Hip-hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity

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Columbia University Press, 2000 - Social Science - 265 pages
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Neither immigrants nor ethnics, neither foreign nor "hyphenated Americans" in the usual sense of that term, Puerto Ricans in New York have created a distinct identity both on the island of Puerto Rico and in the cultural landscape of the United States. Juan Flores considers the uniqueness of Puerto Rican culture and identity in relation to that of other Latino groups in the United States--as well as to other minority groups, especially African Americans. Architecture and urban space, literary traditions, musical styles, and cultural movements provide some of the sites and moments of a cultural world defined by the interplay of continuity and transformation, heritage and innovation, roots and fusion. Exploring this wide range of cultural expression--both in the diaspora and in Puerto Rico--Flores highlights the rich complexities and fertile contradictions of Latino identity.

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From bomba to hip-hop: Puerto Rican culture and Latino identity

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Flores (black and Puerto Rican studies, Hunter Coll.; sociology, CUNY Graduate Ctr.) has written widely on Latino and Puerto Rican culture. In this new book, he focuses on the progression of Puerto ... Read full review

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Régis Debray is professor of philosophy in the Faculté de Lettres at the Université de Lyon III. Founder and editor of Les Cahiers de médiologie, former aide to president François Mitterand, erstwhile associate of Che Guevara, and captive cause célèbre in Bolivia (1967-1970), he is the author of numerous books, including Media Manifestos: On the Technological Transmission of Cultural Forms; Charles de Gaulle: Futurist of the Nation; Against Venice; Revolution in the Revolution?; and Teachers, Writers, Celebrities: The Intellectuals of Modern France. His political memoir, Blessed Be Our Gods, is forthcoming.

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