Barrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos, and the Neoliberal City

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University of California Press, Jul 2, 2004 - History - 260 pages
"Dávila's keen insights into the politics of marketing ethnicity, community marginalization and class divisions cuts through neo-liberal postures to glaringly reveal the real issue - who will construct (and control) East Harlem's future? Well versed in the scholarship, Dávila has produced a book that is essential for understanding the increasingly important role and aspirations of Puerto Rican and Latino communities in New York's history."—Virginia Sánchez Korrol, author of From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City

"Providing an expansive ethnographic portal into New York's famous 'El Barrio,' Davila documents the ways in which the neighborhood's Latino cultures can be commodified as a magnet for gentrification as well as providing an obstacle to it. An absorbing read providing a unique contemporary perspective on East Harlem."—Neil Smith, author of American Empire: Roosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization

"Unlike most ethnographers of the urban poor in search of authentic street experience, Dávila gives us an ethnography of power. With rich insights and sensitivity, she documents the pitched battles between developers, politicians, long-time residents, newcomers, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, and African Americans over space, gentrification and cultural representation in East Harlem. Dávila peels back the many layers of local stories in order to reveal a complex, national story of resistance against urban neoliberalism."—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
 

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Contents

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Page 243 - Guarnizo, eds. 1998. Transnationalism from Below: Comparative Urban and Community Research, vol. 6. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.
Page 243 - Public Action: New York City Policy and the Gentrification of the Lower East Side.
Page 235 - Gregory, Steven 1998 Globalization and the "Place" of Politics in Contemporary Theory: A Commentary. City and Society: 47-64.
Page 242 - The Political Awakening of Blacks and Latinos in New York City: Competition or Cooperation?

About the author (2004)

Arlene Dávila is Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at New York University. She is the author of Latinos, Inc.: The Marketing and Making of a People (California, 2001) and Sponsored Identities: Cultural Politics in Puerto Rico (1997) and coeditor of Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York (2001).

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