Cover

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Title Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

Saskia Sassen

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pp. ix-xiv

...This extraordinary account of the Latino population in the Greater Los Angeles area is an important contribution to the political economy of place. In dissecting a particular place, the Greater Eastside of Los Angeles, the authors help us see the possibility of a new kind of Latino...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xviii

...Our thanks to Carrie Mullen, acquisitions editor, and to Dennis Judd, series editor, for their support, patience, and intelligent judgment in helping shape this collaborative book. Judy Selhorst copyedited the text with extraordinary diligence and skills that added...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-14

...transformation in the nature of U.S. society. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the precipitous growth of the immigrant and refugee population in urban centers of the United States. Unlike the peak years of immigration early in the twentieth century, when...

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1. Economic Geography of Latino Los Angeles

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pp. 15-44

...Finding those snapshots that reveal the human faces of immigrant workers, typically disguised as the late twentieth century's ultimate alien outsider, remains the defining challenge for academics, activists, and journalists interested in explaining and changing our "postindustrial" economy...

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2. "Policing" Race: The Media's Representation of the Los Angeles Riots

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pp. 45-66

...The firestorm of news media coverage fueled by the Los Angeles riot that erupted April 29,1992, had a common underlying theme. Whether victims, bystanders, or heroes, the residents of the riot zones were portrayed as actors in a great melodrama of "race relations." Both...

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3. Mexican Cuisine: Food as Culture

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pp. 67-100

...In many ways, Lummis's chapter titled "Spanish-American Cookery" anticipates the marketing tactics of superstar chefs who today write cookbooks and go on cable TV to promote their restaurants. In both epochs, culinary texts created by a workforce that...

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4. Contesting "Showtime": Latino Leaders in Downtown Development

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pp. 101-142

...As Angel Rama noted in 1984, cities can be read as texts.1 In urban landscapes today, the completion of a high-rise or a sports stadium can serve as a bookmark in the ongoing story of city making. New structures of concrete and glass not only reshape the urban landscape...

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5. Significant Space: Public Areas in the Greater Eastside

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pp. 143-166

...The social and political construction of landscape becomes observable in the act of mapmaking. The manner in which a landscape is represented, the manner in which names and boundaries are affixed to that map, reveals how a particular society is organized, what significance...

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6. Class and Culture Wars in the New Latino Politics

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pp. 167-194

...Although events in the Whittier Narrows and other public spaces of the Greater Eastside may tempt some to imagine scenarios of Latino hegemony in the twenty-first century, the social, economic, and cultural complexities of Los Angeles will prevent the attainment...

Notes

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pp. 195-220

Bibliography

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pp. 221-234

Index

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pp. 235-251