Sponsored Identities: Culture Politics in Puerto Rico

Overview

Focusing on the Institute for Puerto Rican Culture - the government institution charged with defining authenticated views of national identity since the 1950s - and on popular festival organizers, author Arlene M. Davila illuminates contestations over appropriate representations of culture in the increasingly mass-mediated context of contemporary Puerto Rico. She examines the creation of an essentialist view of nationhood based on a peasant culture and a "unifying" Hispanic heritage and explores the ways in which...
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Overview

Focusing on the Institute for Puerto Rican Culture - the government institution charged with defining authenticated views of national identity since the 1950s - and on popular festival organizers, author Arlene M. Davila illuminates contestations over appropriate representations of culture in the increasingly mass-mediated context of contemporary Puerto Rico. She examines the creation of an essentialist view of nationhood based on a peasant culture and a "unifying" Hispanic heritage and explores the ways in which grassroots organizations challenge and reconfigure definitions of national identity, through their own activities and representations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566395496
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: Puerto Rican Studies Series
  • Pages: 301
  • Sales rank: 1,210,555
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Making and Marketing National Identities 1
Ch. I Securing the Nation through Politics 24
Ch. II The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and the Building Blocks of Nationality 60
Ch. III From the Center to the Centros: Cultural Politics from Below 99
Ch. IV Just One More Festival: New Actors in Caone's Cultural Politics 127
Ch. V Culture, Politics, and Corporate Sponsorship 169
Ch. VI Contesting the Nation, Contesting Identities 217
Conclusion: Cassettes, Posters, and Bumper Stickers 248
Notes 263
Bibliography 275
Index 295
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