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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 risqueacute; experimentation with gender and sexuality, captivated the country's youth in the 1940s.The Power of the Zootis 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.
Luis Alvarez is Associate Professor History at the University of California, San Diego
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||p. ix|
|Acknowledgments and Dedicatoin||p. xi|
|Dignity Denied: Youth in the Early War Years|
|Race and Political Economy||p. 15|
|Class Politics and Juvenile Delinquency||p. 42|
|The Struggle for Dignity: Zoot Style during World War II|
|Zoot Style and Body Politics||p. 77|
|Zoots, Jazz, and Public Space||p. 113|
|Violence and National Belongings on the Home Front|
|Zoot Violence in Los Angeles||p. 155|
|Race Riots across the United States Epilogue: From Zoot Suits to Hip-Hpo||p. 235|
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