Border Matters: Remapping American Cultural Studies / Edition 1

Border Matters: Remapping American Cultural Studies / Edition 1

by Jose David Saldivar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520206827

ISBN-13: 9780520206823

Pub. Date: 12/01/1997

Publisher: University of California Press

Border Matters locates the study of Chicano culture in a broad social context. José Saldívar examines issues of representation and expression in a diverse, exciting assortment of texts‹corridos, novels, poems, short stories, punk and hip-hop music, ethnography, paintings, performance, art, and essays. Saldívar provides a sophisticated model for…  See more details below

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Border Matters locates the study of Chicano culture in a broad social context. José Saldívar examines issues of representation and expression in a diverse, exciting assortment of texts‹corridos, novels, poems, short stories, punk and hip-hop music, ethnography, paintings, performance, art, and essays. Saldívar provides a sophisticated model for a new kind of U.S. cultural studies, one that challenges the homogeneity of U.S. nationalism and popular culture by foregrounding the contemporary experiences and historical circumstances facing Chicanos and Chicanas. This intellectually adventurous, politically engaged study applies borderlands and diaspora theory to Chicano cultural practices in a way that permanently changes our understanding of both the Chicano experience and the meaning of cultural theory. Defying national (and nationalistic) paradigms of culture, Saldívar argues that the culture of the borderlands is trans-national, constituting a social space in which new relations, hybrid cultures, and multi-voiced aesthetics are negotiated. Saldívar's critical readings treat culture as a social force and reveal the presence of social contexts within cultural texts. Border Matters maps out a new terrain for the study of culture, reshaping the way we understand migration, national identity, and intellectual inquiry itself.

Author Biography: José David Saldívar is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Dialectics of Our America: Genealogy, Cultural Critique and Literary History (1991).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520206823
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/01/1997
Series:
American Crossroads Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Tracking Borders1
Pt. 1Comparative Intercultural Studies
1Cultural Theory in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands17
2Americo Paredes and Decolonization36
3Changing Borderland Subjectivities57
4The Production of Space72
Pt. 2El Otro Lado / The Other Side
5On the Bad Edge of La Frontera95
6Tijuana Calling: Travel Writing, Autoethnography, and Video Art130
7Remapping American Cultural Studies159
Afterword: Frontejas to El Vez185
Notes199
References213
Index239

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