Border Matters: Remapping American Cultural Studies / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520206823
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Series: American Crossroads Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Tracking Borders 1
Pt. 1 Comparative Intercultural Studies
1 Cultural Theory in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands 17
2 Americo Paredes and Decolonization 36
3 Changing Borderland Subjectivities 57
4 The Production of Space 72
Pt. 2 El Otro Lado / The Other Side
5 On the Bad Edge of La Frontera 95
6 Tijuana Calling: Travel Writing, Autoethnography, and Video Art 130
7 Remapping American Cultural Studies 159
Afterword: Frontejas to El Vez 185
Notes 199
References 213
Index 239
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