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Freighted with meaning, “el barrio” is both place and metaphor for Latino populations in the United States. Though it has symbolized both marginalization and robust and empowered communities, the construct of el barrio has often reproduced static understandings of Latino life; they fail to account for recent demographic shifts in urban centers such as New York, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles, and in areas outside of these historic communities.

Beyond El Barrio features new scholarship that critically interrogates how Latinos are portrayed in media, public policy and popular culture, as well as the material conditions in which different Latina/o groups build meaningful communities both within and across national affiliations. Drawing from history, media studies, cultural studies, and anthropology, the contributors illustrate how despite the hypervisibility of Latinos and Latin American immigrants in recent political debates and popular culture, the daily lives of America's new “majority minority” remain largely invisible and mischaracterized.

Taken together, these essays provide analyses that not only defy stubborn stereotypes, but also present novel narratives of Latina/o communities that do not fit within recognizable categories. In this way, this book helps us to move “beyond el barrio”: beyond stereotype and stigmatizing tropes, as well as nostalgic and uncritical portraits of complex and heterogeneous range of Latina/o lives.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Part I: Citizenship, Belonging, and(the Limits of) Latina/o Inclusion
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. 1. Singing the “Star-Spanglish Banner”: The Politics and Pathologization of Bilingualismin U.S. Popular Media
  2. pp. 27-43
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  1. 2. “¡Puuurrrooo MÉXICO!”: Listening to Transnationalism on U.S. Spanish-Language Radio
  2. pp. 54-72
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  1. 3. Hayandose: Zapotec Migrant Expressions of Membership and Belonging
  2. pp. 63-80
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  1. 4. Becoming Suspect in Usual Places: Latinos, Baseball, and Belonging in El Barrio del Bronx
  2. pp. 81-100
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  1. Part II: Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Memory and Representation
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. 5. Gay Latino Histories/Dying to Be Remembered: AIDS Obituaries, Public Memory, and the Queer Latino Archive
  2. pp. 103-128
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  1. 6. All About My (Absent) Mother: Young Latina Aspirations in Real Women Have Curves and Ugly Betty
  2. pp. 129-148
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  1. 7. Making “The International City” Home: Latinos in Twentieth-Century Lorain, Ohio
  2. pp. 149-167
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  1. 8. Hispanic Values, Military Values: Gender, Culture, and the Militarization of Latina/o Youth
  2. pp. 168-186
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  1. Part III: Latina/o Activisms and Histories
  2. pp. 187-188
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  1. 9. Going Public?: Tampa Youth, Racial Schooling, and Public History in the Cuentos de mi Familia Project
  2. pp. 189-210
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  1. 10. The Mission in Nicaragua: San Francisco Poets Go to War
  2. pp. 211-232
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  1. 11. From the Near West Side to 18th Street: Un/Making Latino/a Barrios in Postwar Chicago
  2. pp. 233-252
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  1. 12. Transglocal Barrio Politics: Dominican American Organizing in New York City
  2. pp. 253-272
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 273-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-290
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814768563
Related ISBN
9780814791288
MARC Record
OCLC
676697082
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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