From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity / Edition 1

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Overview

Neither immigrants nor ethnics, neither foreign nor "hyphenated Americans" in the usual sense of that term, Puerto Ricans in New York have created a distinct identity both on the island of Puerto Rico and in the cultural landscape of the United States. Juan Flores considers the uniqueness of Puerto Rican culture and identity in relation to that of other Latino groups in the United States--as well as to other minority groups, especially African Americans. Architecture and urban space, literary traditions, musical styles, and cultural movements provide some of the sites and moments of a cultural world defined by the interplay of continuity and transformation, heritage and innovation, roots and fusion. Exploring this wide range of cultural expression--both in the diaspora and in Puerto Rico--Flores highlights the rich complexities and fertile contradictions of Latino identity.

Columbia University Press

"Essential reading for understanding both national and panethnic issues that influence cultural expression and the construction of Puerto Rican identity in the US. Analyzes distinctiveness of Puerto Rican culture in New York in relation to that of other US Latino groups. Theoretically grounded essays address many of the contradictions behind the complex process of identity construction among Puerto Ricans and other Latinos. Focuses on popular music and literature"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

Flores's invaluable book establishes a new parameter for the field of Latino/a studies. Poignant and full of moving accounts, this volume does an inestimable service to both scholars and general readers.

New York Times Book Review - Suzy Hansen

In his eloquent essay collection... Flores has compiled a decade of research and meditations on 'America's fastest-growing minority,' Latinos.

Journal of American History - Zaragosa Vargas

The latest work by Juan Flores, the most prominent thinker on the most current topics debated in Latino studies....indispensable.

New York Times Book Review
In his eloquent essay collection... Flores has compiled a decade of research and meditations on 'America's fastest-growing minority,' Latinos.

— Suzy Hansen

Hispanic Outlook

Well written and informative. Anyone wanting insight into Puerto Rican history and culture will find it enlightening. The book also offers solid supplemental reading for graduate or advanced undergraduate students in music history, Puerto Rican history, cultural studies, and sociology classes.

Choice

Flores's invaluable book establishes a new parameter for the field of Latino/a studies. Poignant and full of moving accounts, this volume does an inestimable service to both scholars and general readers.

Journal of American History
The latest work by Juan Flores, the most prominent thinker on the most current topics debated in Latino studies....indispensable.

— Zaragosa Vargas

George Yudice
There is nothing like From Bomba to Hip-Hop at present -certainly no other book that combines in-depth experience with the culture, the sophistication of the author´s theoretical foundations, and the eloquence of his style.
Doris Sommer
From Bomba to Hip-Hop shows a probing scholar with his hand firmly but gently on the pulse of cultural formations that would have eluded most of the rest of us. Who else but Juan Flores explores the complexities of Latino life with both sociological depth and a keen ear for popular musical cadences and literary innovation?
Julia Alvarez
As our music becomes popular, our books become classroom texts, our foods deck the covers of magazines, and we are lauded as the new spice of American culture -or alternatively feared as its new invaders -we become lumped together as Latinos and Hispanics: the new millennial minority. All the more need for a book like Juan Flores´s From Bomba to Hip-Hop, an encyclopedic and yet deftly written study of Puerto Rican culture and Latino identity. . . . [This book] helps define our complexities, tell our history, and map our future.
Suzy Hansen
In his eloquent essay collection . . . Flores has compiled a decade of research and meditations on 'America's fastest-growing minority, ' Latinos.
Choice
Flores's invaluable book establishes a new parameter for the field of Latino/a studies. Poignant and full of moving accounts, this volume does an inestimable service to both scholars and general readers.
Arlene Davila
A provocative and nuanced analysis of some of the most challenging conceptual issues in the fields of Puerto Rican, Latino-Latin American, and cultural studies. . . . [an] extremely sophisticated book.
Hispanic Outlook
Well written and informative. Anyone wanting insight into Puerto Rican history and culture will find it enlightening. The book also offers solid supplemental reading for graduate or advanced undergraduate students in music history, Puerto Rican history, cultural studies, and sociology classes.
Library Journal
Flores (black and Puerto Rican studies, Hunter Coll.; sociology, CUNY Graduate Ctr.) has written widely on Latino and Puerto Rican culture. In this new book, he focuses on the progression of Puerto Rican culture in the United States over the past half-century. He analyzes developments in music, literature, and other elements of popular culture and compares Puerto Rican culture to that of other Latino groups in the United States. He follows some interesting trends, such as the building of casitas, shacks modeled after the traditional rural homes in Puerto Rico, as cultural centers in urban U.S. settings. Flores also discusses aspects of Puerto Rican musical influence, including the Latin Boogaloo craze of 1966-68. He celebrates Puerto Rican cultural accomplishments while encouraging further achievement. While academic in format and tone, Flores's writing is accessible to the interested lay reader. For academic libraries or public libraries with a special interest in the subject.--Gwen M. Gregory, New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Hansen
In his eloquent essay collection, From Bomba to Hip-Hop, Juan Flores has compiled a decade of research and meditations on ''America's fastest-growing minority,'' Latinos...most of the essays are colorful and engaging...
The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231110778
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/2000
  • Series: Popular Cultures, Everyday Lives Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,541,628
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Juan Flores is professor of Black and Puerto Rican studies at Hunter College and professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, and has written and lectured widely on the subject of Puerto Rican and Latino culture. His publications include Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Culture and La venganza de Cortijo y otros ensayos.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Prelude: From Bomba to Hip-HopIntroduction1. "pueblo pueblo'': Popular Culture in Time2. The Lite Colonial: Diversions of Puerto Rican Discourse3. Broken English Memories: Languages in the Trans-Colony4. "Salvacion Casita'': Space, Performance, and Community5. "Cha-Cha with a Backbeat'': Songs and Stories of Latin Boogaloo6. Puerto Rocks: Rap, Roots, and Amnesia7. Pan-Latino/Trans-Latino: Puerto Ricans in the "New Nueva York''8. Life Off the Hyphen: Latino Literature and Nuyorican Traditions9. The Latino Imaginary: Meanings of Community and Identity10. Latino Studies: New Contexts, New ConceptsPostscript 1998: "None of the Above''

Columbia University Press

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