Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America

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Freighted With meaning, "el barrio" is both place and metaphor for Latina/o 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 Latina/o 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 EI Barrio features new scholarship that critically interrogates how Latina/os 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 Latina/os 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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Editorial Reviews

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“This interdisciplinary collection contests Latinos’ problematic hypervisibility by exploring their expressions of agency related to citizenship and nationalism, gender and sexuality, and community activism in multiple sites. The fascinating case studies illuminate how Latinas and Latinos of diverse origins negotiate complex local and transnational power relations.”

-Patricia Zavella,University of California, Santa Cruz

"An important set of academic articles by skillful scholars."-Centro Journal

"The book would be a welcome addition to undergraduate social science class that aims to engage seriously with ethnicity, difference and cultural expression in contemporary America."-Nina Martin,Urban Studies Journal Limited

“By complicating current representations of Latino/a lives and communities, this groundbreaking work provides a more global, transnational and fluid understanding of barrios both as physical spaces and as metaphors. A smart and engaging intervention on some of the most critical questions surrounding Latinos' citizenship, sexuality, activism and cultural politics.”

-Arlene Davila,author of Latino Spin: Public Image and the Whitewashing of Race

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814791295
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/2010
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 919,239
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gina M. Pérez is Associate Professor in the Comparative American Studies program at Oberlin College. She is the author of The Near Northwest Side Story: Migration, Displacement, and Puerto Rican Families.

Adrian Burgos, Jr., is Associate Professor of US Latino History at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line.

Frank A. Guridy is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African-Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Gina M. Pérez Frank A. Guridy Adrian Burgos, Jr. 1

Part I Citizenship, Belonging, and (the Limits of) Latina/o Inclusion

1 Singing the "Star-Spanglish Banner": The Politics and Pathologization of Bilingualism in U.S. Popular Media María Elena Cepeda 27

2 "!Puuurrrooo MÉXICO!": Listening to Transnationalism on U.S. Spanish-Language Radio Dolores Inés Casillas 44

3 Hayandose: Zapotec Migrant Expressions of Membership and Belonging Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera 63

4 Becoming Suspect in Usual Places: Latinos, Baseball, and Belonging in El Barrio del Bronx Adrian Burgos, Jr. Frank A. Guridy 81

Part II Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Memory and Representation

5 Gay Latino Histories/Dying to Be Remembered: AIDS Obituaries, Public Memory, and the Queer Latino Archive Horacio N. Roque Ramírez 103

6 All About My (Absent) Mother: Young Latina Aspirations in Real Women Have Curves and Ugly Betty Deborah Paredez 129

7 Making "The International City" Home: Latinos in Twentieth-Century Lorain, Ohio Pablo Mitchell Haley Pollack 149

8 Hispanic Values, Military Values: Gender, Culture, and the Militarization of Latina/o Youth Gina M. Pérez 168

Part III Latina/o Activisms and Histories

9 Going Public? Tampa Youth, Racial Schooling, and Public History in the Cuentos de mi Familia Project John McKiernan-González 189

10 The Mission in Nicaragua: San Francisco Poets Go to War Cary Cordova 211

11 From the Near West Side to 18th Street: Un/Making Latino/a Barrios in Postwar Chicago Lilia Fernández 233

12 Transglocal Barrio Politics: Dominican American Organizing in New York City Ana Aparicio 253

About the Contributors 273

Index 277

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