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Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America

Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America

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Freighted with meaning, "el barrio" is both place and metaphor for Latino populations in the United States. Though it has symbolized both marginalization and robust and empowered communities, the construct of el barrio has often reproduced static understandings of Latino life; they fail to account for recent demographic shifts in urban centers such as New York, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles, and in areas outside of these historic communities.

Beyond El Barrio features new scholarship that critically interrogates how Latinos are portrayed in media, public policy and popular culture, as well as the material conditions in which different Latina/o groups build meaningful communities both within and across national affiliations. Drawing from history, media studies, cultural studies, and anthropology, the contributors illustrate how despite the hypervisibility of Latinos and Latin American immigrants in recent political debates and popular culture, the daily lives of America's new "majority minority" remain largely invisible and mischaracterized.

Taken together, these essays provide analyses that not only defy stubborn stereotypes, but also present novel narratives of Latina/o communities that do not fit within recognizable categories. In this way, this book helps us to move "beyond el barrio" beyond stereotype and stigmatizing tropes, as well as nostalgic and uncritical portraits of complex and heterogeneous range of Latina/o lives.

Author: Gina M. Pérez
Publisher: New York University Press
Published: 10/27/2010
Pages: 296
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9780814791295

About the Author
Burgos, Adrian: - Adrian Burgos, Jr., is Associate Professor of US Latino History at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Playing America's Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line.Guridy, Frank: - Frank A. Guridy is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African-Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow.Pérez, Gina M.: - Gina M. Pérez is Professor in the Comparative American Studies program at Oberlin College. She is the author of The Near Northwest Side Story: Migration, Displacement, and Puerto Rican Families.

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