Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York City

Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York City

by Agustin Lao-Montes
     
 

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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.

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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 New York. Mambo Montage is both a way of imagining latinidad and an angle of vision on the city.

Columbia University Press

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.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231112758
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/06/2001
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.92(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Robert Farris Thompson
A brilliant political postmodernist take on the mambo. I find it essential.

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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