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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
 

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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 risqué 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

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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 risqué 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     ix
Acknowledgments and Dedication     xi
Introduction     1
Dignity Denied: Youth in the Early War Years
Race and Political Economy     15
Class Politics and Juvenile Delinquency     42
The Struggle for Dignity: Zoot Style during World War II
Zoot Style and Body Politics     77
Zoots, Jazz, and Public Space     113
Violence and National Belonging on the Home Front
Zoot Violence in Los Angeles     155
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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