U.S. culture has been profoundly impacted by contributions from Mexico and the rest of Central America, South America, and the Spanish Caribbean. These contributions and their adaptations in the United States are showcased in nearly 500 essay entries on noted people, festivities, items, terms, movements, sports, food, events, places, visual and performing arts, film, institutions, fashion, literature, organizations, the media, and much more. The wide range of entries with many areas of unique coverage will meet the high demand for multidisciplinary use. Students and other readers will appreciate the inclusiveness of cultural groups, the gender sensitivity, and the heavy contextual grounding of the topics.
The Latino population is the fastest-growing segment of our society, and this encyclopedia is the first to focus on the breadth of their cultural expression. The up-to-date entries and authoritative information provided by a host of subject experts will make this the source to turn to for quick reference and research. Numerous photos complement the text.
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About the Author
CORDELIA CHÁVEZ CANDELARIA is Chair of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Professor of American Literature and Mexican-American Cultural Studies in the English Department at Arizona State University, Tempe.
ARTURO J. ALDAMA is Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at Arizona State University, Tempe.
PETER J. GARCÍA is Assistant Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at Arizona State University, Tempe.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Encyclopedia
List of Entries
Entries by Subject
Entries of People by Field of Endeavor
Entries of People by Country of Origin or Heritage