Art in the Lives of Immigrant Communities in the United States

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Art in the Lives of Immigrant Communities in the United States is the first book to provide a comprehensive and lively analysis of the contributions of artists from America's newest immigrant communities--Africa, the Middle East, China, India, Southeast Asia, Central America, and Mexico. Adding significantly to our understanding of both the arts and immigration, multidisciplinary scholars explore tensions that artists face in forging careers in a new world and navigating between their home communities and the larger society. They address the art forms that these modern settlers bring with them; show how poets, musicians, playwrights, and visual artists adapt traditional forms to new environments; and consider the ways in which the communities' young people integrate their own traditions and concerns into contemporary expression.
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Contemporary Sociology

"Art in the Lives of Immigrant Communities in the United States provides a great deal of information about the way recent arrivals use art to adapt to the United States, to recognize themselves and share outlooks with others. The book exemplifies a compelling and  innovative approach that has considerable potential to improve the study of immigration and of cultural production. Accessible and well written."
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Meet the Author

PAUL DiMAGGIO is the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, research director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, and director of the Center for the Study of Social Organization at Princeton University. He is the editor of Nonprofit Enterprise in the Arts: Studies in Mission and Constraint. PATRICIA FERN-NDEZ-KELLY holds a joint position with the sociology department and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. Her book, For We Are Sold, I and My People: Women and Industry in Mexico's Frontier, was featured by Contemporary Sociology as one of the twenty-five favorite books of the late twentieth century.
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Table of Contents


1 Introduction: The Diversity and Mobility of Immigrant Arts 1

2 Migrants and the Transformation of Philadelphia's Cultural Economy Patricia Fernnndez-Kelly Fernnndez-Kelly, Patricia 23

3 A Howl to the Heavens: Art in the Life of First- and Second-Generation Cuban Americans Domenic Vitiello Vitiello, Domenic 52

4 Inside and Outside the Box: The Politics of Arab American Identity and Artistic Representations Patricia Fernnndez-Kelly Fernnndez-Kelly, Patricia 72

5 Desis in and out of the House: South Asian Youth Culture in the United States before and after 9/11 Amaney Jamal Jamal, Amaney 89

6 The Intimate Circle: Finding Common Ground in Mariachi and Nortefio Music Sunaina Maira Maira, Sunaina 109

7 GenerAsians Learn Chinese: The Asian American Youth Generation and New Class Formations Clifford R. Murphy Murphy, Clifford R. 125

8 Unfinished Journey: Mexican Migration through the Visual Arts Deborah Wong Wong, Deborah 155

9 Immigrant Art as Liminal Expression: The Case of Central Americans Gilberto Cnrdenas Cnrdenas, Gilberto 176

10 Negotiating Memories of War: Arts in Vietnamese American Communities Cecilia Menjivar Menjivar, Cecilia 197

11 Miracles on the Border: The Votive Art of Mexican Migrants to the United States Yen Le Espiritu Yen, Le Espiritu 214

12 Visual Culture and Visual Piety in Little Haiti: The Sea, the Tree, and the Refugee Douglas S. Massey Massey, Douglas S. 229

References Alex Stepick Stepick, Alex 249

Notes on Contributors Alex Stepick Stepick, Alex 273

Index Alex Stepick Stepick, Alex 277

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