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- DescriptionDrawing on contemporary conflicts between Lati/as and anti-immigrant forces, Citizenship Excess illustrates the limitations of liberalism as expressed through U.S. media channels. Inspired by Latin American critical scholarship on the coloniality of power, Amaya demonstrates that nativists use the privileges associated with citizenship to accumulate power. That power is deployed to aggressively shape politics, culture, and the law, effectively undermining Lati/as who are marked by the eth-racial and linguistic difference that nativists love to hate. Yet these social characteristics present crucial challenges to the political, legal, and cultural practices that define citizenship. Amaya examines the role of ethnicity and language in shaping the mediated public sphere through cases ranging from the participation of Lati/as in the Iraqi war and pro-immigration reform marches to labor laws restricting Lati/a participation in English-language media and news coverage of undocumented immigrant detention centers. Citizenship Excess demonstrates that the evolution of the idea of citizenship in the United States and the political and cultural practices that define it are intricately intertwined with nativism.
- Author BiographyHector Amaya is Associate Professor of Media Studies at University of Virginia. He is the author of Screening Cuba.
- Author(s)Hector Amaya
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication06/05/2013
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleCritical Cultural Communication
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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