Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination [NOOK Book]

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Although the origin of the term “greaser” is debated, its derogatory meaning never has been. From silent movies like The Greaser’s Revenge (1914) and The Girl and the Greaser (1913) with villainous title characters, to John Steinbeck's portrayals of Latinos as lazy, drunken, and shiftless in his 1935 novel Tortilla Flat, to the image of violent, criminal, drug-using gang members of East LA, negative stereotypes of Latinos/as have been plentiful in American popular culture far before Latinos/as became the most ...

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Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination

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Overview


Although the origin of the term “greaser” is debated, its derogatory meaning never has been. From silent movies like The Greaser’s Revenge (1914) and The Girl and the Greaser (1913) with villainous title characters, to John Steinbeck's portrayals of Latinos as lazy, drunken, and shiftless in his 1935 novel Tortilla Flat, to the image of violent, criminal, drug-using gang members of East LA, negative stereotypes of Latinos/as have been plentiful in American popular culture far before Latinos/as became the most populous minority group in the U.S.

In Greasers and Gringos, Steven W. Bender examines and surveys these stereotypes and their evolution, paying close attention to the role of mass media in their perpetuation. Focusing on the intersection between stereotypes and the law, Bender reveals how these negative images have contributed significantly to the often unfair treatment of Latino/as under American law by the American legal system. He looks at the way demeaning constructions of Latinos/as influence their legal treatment by police, prosecutors, juries, teachers, voters, and vigilantes. He also shows how, by internalizing negative social images, Latinos/as and other subordinated groups view themselves and each other as inferior.

Although fighting against cultural stereotypes can be a daunting task, Bender reminds us that, while hard to break, they do not have to be permanent. Greasers and Gringos begins the charge of debunking existing stereotypes and implores all Americans to re-imagine Latinos/as as legal and social equals.

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Greasers and Gringos is a typically insightful work by one of the most creative critical writers of our time.&#8221
-Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol,University of Florida College of Law

“Greasers and Gringos is a typically insightful work by one of the most creative critical writers of our time.”
-Berta Esperanza Hernandez-Truyol,University of Florida

“Bender's got a noble goal: to show that the stereotypes Americans heap on Latino immigrants don't just make for rude conversation, they directly shape policy decisions. The book compellingly articulates just how deeply ingrained the images of lazy, thieving, drunkard Latinos and sexually voracious, fertile Latinas are in American culture.”
-City Limits

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“A hopeful and empowering challenge to those who work to transform American life.”
-Gerald Torres,University of Texas School of Law

“Is any society able to exist free of stereotypes? Steven Bender tackles the question head on as he dissects the cornucopia of Latino types, prototypes, and archetypes that populate our mendacious imagination. His answer takes us into the realms of politics, jurisprudence, and cartoons. It involves an attack on poverty, a strive for an equal, more honest educational system, and the 'reinvention' of the future tense in American English. Let Bender challenge your ignorance!”
-Ilan Stavans,author of The Hispanic Condition and On Borrowed Words

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814709016
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Steven W. Bender is Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law. He is the author of Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination (NYU Press, 2003), and One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, César Chávez, and the Dream of Dignity.
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Table of Contents

1 The confluence of stereotype and law 1
2 Latinas/os in the American imagination 11
3 Centering Latina/o stereotypes in those of other groups 21
4 Greasers and gangsters : Latinas/os and crime 30
5 Manana (is soon enough for me) : fertility and welfare 64
6 In the U.S.A., it's English or Adios Amigo : Latina/o assimilation 82
7 One of the smart ones : Latina/o (un)intelligence 104
8 No Mexicans or dogs allowed : subhumanity 114
9 Gringos in the Latina/o imagination 154
10 Latinas/os in the mirror : intra-/interethnic glimpses 162
11 Eradicating stereotypes : community-based strategies of media counterspeech and protest 169
12 Mi Familia as counterspeech 187
13 Eradicating stereotypes : the collision of legal strategies with the first amendment 193
14 Beyond stereotype : movement toward social change 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    ????

    I dont get this book....! (Meaning i dont understand it)
    Does the author know that Greasers werent JUST latinos? They were also Italian-Americans and Hispanics and Whites. Any guy could be a Greaser if he wanted to. But he had to act like it.
    Geez, duz this guy do his research? Im writing a novel bout greasers too and im sure im more accurate than him. Are the guys in this book evn the Greasers that im talken bout?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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