The Power of the Zoot: Youth Culture and Resistance during World War II / Edition 1

The Power of the Zoot: Youth Culture and Resistance during World War II / Edition 1

by Luis Alvarez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520253019

ISBN-13: 9780520253018

Pub. Date: 06/02/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

Flamboyant zoot suit culture, with its ties to fashion, jazz and swing music, jitterbug and Lindy Hop dancing, unique patterns of speech, and even risque experimentation with gender and sexuality, captivated the country's youth in the 1940s. The Power of the Zoot is the first book to give national consideration to this famous phenomenon. Providing a new history of…  See more details below

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Flamboyant zoot suit culture, with its ties to fashion, jazz and swing music, jitterbug and Lindy Hop dancing, unique patterns of speech, and even risque experimentation with gender and sexuality, captivated the country's youth in the 1940s. The Power of the Zoot is the first book to give national consideration to this famous phenomenon. Providing a new history of youth culture based on rare, in-depth interviews with former zoot-suiters, Luis Alvarez explores race, region, and the politics of culture in urban America during World War II. He argues that Mexican American and African American youths, along with many nisei and white youths, used popular culture to oppose accepted modes of youthful behavior, the dominance of white middle-class norms, and expectations from within their own communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520253018
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/02/2008
Series:
American Crossroads Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction 1

Pt. 1 Dignity Denied: Youth in the Early War Years

1 Race and Political Economy 15

2 Class Politics and Juvenile Delinquency 42

Pt. 2 The Struggle for Dignity: Zoot Style during World War II

3 Zoot Style and Body Politics 77

4 Zoots, Jazz, and Public Space 113

Pt. 3 Violence and National Belonging on the Home Front

5 Zoot Violence in Los Angeles 155

6 Race Riots across the United States 200

Epilogue: From Zoot Suits to Hip-Hop 235

Notes 245

Bibliography 289

Index 305

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