Inside the Latin@ Experience A Latin@ Studies Reader

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-05-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This book explores the varied and unique Latinidades, or Latin@ cultural identities, that exist in the United States. Each author in the anthology is an insider of the Latin@ community who employs various theoretical tools to present the historical and current conditions of Latin@s living in the United States in the first decade of the twenty-first century. A unique collection of essays covering the Latin@ reality from various disciplinary perspectives, this book offers insights and incisive which is sure to contribute to the future of Latin@ Studies. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Norma E.Cantu, a daughter of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, currently serves as Professor of English and U.S. Latin@ Literatures at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Author of the award-winning Canicula Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, and co-editor of Chicana Traditions: Continuity and Change; Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios; and Dancing Across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos, she is known internationally as a poet, fiction writer, folklorist, and scholar of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and of Latin@ cultural production
Maria E. Franquiz is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas-Austin and is a native of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Her research focuses on bilingual/multicultural education and language/literacy studies. She co-edited Scholars in the Field: The Challenges of Migrant Education and is co-editor of The Bilingual Research Journal. Franquiz's publications appear in national professional journals including Journal of Latinos and Education, English Leadership Quarterly, Multicultural Perspectives, The Journal of Border Educational Research, Language Arts, California English, The High School Journal, Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Classroom Interaction, and in professional journals for an international audience including TESOL Quarterly and Education Research and Perspective

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Historical Roots and Contemporary Realities
Changing the National Ethos or Just Being American? Latin@ Political Participationp. 3
State-Federal Relations Concerning Latin@ Civil Rights in the United Statesp. 23
Latin@s in the U.S. Militaryp. 37
The "Swirl" Migration of Mexican-Origin Students: A Cross-Border Analysis Using the Mexican and U.S. Censusesp. 51
Popular and Traditional Cultural Expressions
Making, Buying, Selling, and Using the Umbrella: Recognizing the Nuances of Latin@ Popular Culturep. 75
Traveling on the Biliteracy Highway: Educators Paving a Road toward Conocimientop. 93
Traditional Cultural Expressions: An Analysis of the Secular and Religious Folkways of Latin@s in the United Statesp. 111
Language and Identity of Immigrant Central American Pentecostal Youth in Southern Californiap. 129
Performance Arts and Literature
Staging the Self, Staging Empowerment: An Overview of Latina Theater and Performancep. 151
Literary Currency: Coined Contributions of Latin@ Literature in the United Statesp. 173
Politics of Aesthetics: Mariachi Music in the United Statesp. 193
From Boricua Dancers to Salsa Soldiers: The Cultural Politics of Globalized Salsa Dancing in Chicagop. 211
Epilogue: A Final Look at the Latin@ Experience: Past, Present, and Futurep. 227
Bibliographyp. 235
List of Contributorsp. 253
Indexp. 259
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