Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York City

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New York is the capital of mambo and a global factory of latinidad. This book covers the topic in all its multifaceted aspects, from Jim Crow baseball in the first half of the twentieth century to hip hop and ethno-racial politics, from Latinas and labor unions to advertising and Latino culture, from Cuban cuisine to the language of signs in New York City.

Together the articles map out the main conceptions of Latino identity as well as the historical process of Latinization of ...

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Overview

New York is the capital of mambo and a global factory of latinidad. This book covers the topic in all its multifaceted aspects, from Jim Crow baseball in the first half of the twentieth century to hip hop and ethno-racial politics, from Latinas and labor unions to advertising and Latino culture, from Cuban cuisine to the language of signs in New York City.

Together the articles map out the main conceptions of Latino identity as well as the historical process of Latinization of New York. Mambo Montage is both a way of imagining latinidad and an angle of vision on the city.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

The anthology is very good, and recommended for academic readers at most levels.

The Bloomsbury Review

Needless to say, this collection will find a respectable place within the booming cultural studies industry.

Choice

The anthology is very good, and recommended for academic readers at most levels.

Booknews
Eighteen contributions from scholars of Latin culture and related disciplines consider the "Latinization" of New York City. The volume contains sections on the history of Latin culture and identity in New York, the relationship between Puerto Rican and Latino identities and cultural expressions, the politics of space and place, and the carving of Latino spaces in New York's public sphere. A sampling of topics includes Latino Caribbean diasporas in New York, Latino literature and Nuyorican traditions, and crossing queer and Latino boundaries. The volume is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231112758
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/6/2001
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Agustín Laó-Montes is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Arlene Dávila is an assistant professor of anthropology at New York University. She is the author of Sponsored Identities: Cultural Politics in Puerto Rico.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
Introduction: Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York City 1
Pt. I The Production of Latinidad: Histories, Social Movements, Cultural Struggles 55
Ch. 1 "No Country But the One We Must Fight For": The Emergence of an Antillean Nation and Community in New York City, 1860-1901 57
Ch. 2 "The Latins from Manhattan": Confronting Race and Building Community in Jim Crow Baseball, 1906-1950 73
Ch. 3 Latino Caribbean Diasporas in New York 97
Ch. 4 Niuyol: Urban Regime, Latino Social Movements, Ideologies of Latinidad 119
Ch. 5 Culture in the Battlefront: From Nationalist to Pan-Latino Projects 159
Pt. II Expressive Cultures: Narrating, Imaging, and Performing Latinidad 183
Ch. 6 Life off the Hyphen: Latino Literature and Nuyorican Traditions 185
Ch. 7 "Nothing Connects Us All But Imagined Sounds": Performing Trans-Boricua Memories, Identities, and Nationalisms Through the Death of Hector Lavoe 207
Ch. 8 Hip-Hop, Puerto Ricans, and Ethnoracial Identities in New York 235
Ch. 9 Ambiguous Identities! The Affirmation of Puertorriquenidad in the Community Murals of New York City 263
Pt. III Latino/a Identities and the Politics of Space and Place 291
Ch. 10 Making Loisaida: Placing Puertorriquenidad in Lower Manhattan 293
Ch. 11 The Manifold Character of Panethnicity: Latino Identities and Practices Among Dominicans in New York City 319
Ch. 12 Immigration Status and Identity: Undocumented Mexicans in New York 337
Ch. 13 Outside/In: Crossing Queer and Latino Boundaries 363
Ch. 14 Engendering and Coloring Labor Unions: Transcultural Readings of Latin American Women's Ways 387
Pt. IV Latinizing Cityscapes 409
Ch. 15 The Latin Side of Madison Avenue: Marketing and the Language that Makes Us "Hispanics" 411
Ch. 16 Eating in Cuban 425
Ch. 17 Taking "Class" Into Account: Dance, the Studio, and Latino Culture 449
Ch. 18 Deceptive Solidity: Public Signs, Civic Inclusion, and Language Rights in New York City (and Beyond) 473
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