Crowding Out Latinos: Mexican Americans in the Public Consciousness by Marco Portales (Hardback, 2000)
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- DescriptionIn this groundbreaking analysis, Marco Portales examines the way in which education and the media act as immobilizing social forces to shape the Lati world that exists despite the best efforts of many Mexican Americans and other Latis. The delicate relationships between what Latis are and what they seem to be, as perceived both by the larger society and by Latis themselves, create and craft a culture that students of American culture have t sufficiently studied or understood. As bandidos or gigolos, drug users or unwed mothers, Latis continue to figure in the public consciousness primarily as undesirables. Despite decades of effort by Spanish-speaking Americans to improve their image in the United States, Mexican Americans and other resident Latis are still largely perceived by other Americans as poverty-stricken immigrants and second-class citizens. Accordingly, the great majority of Lati citizens receive substandard educations, equipping them for substandard jobs in substandard living environments. The lives of Mexican Americans and other Latis, Portales contends, can best be illuminated by looking at the history of Chicas and particularly Chica literature, which dramatizes the impact of education and the media on Latis. Like Irish literature, Chica literature has sought to articulate and to establish itself as a postcolonial voice that has struggles for national attention. Through psychological and sociopolitical representations, Chica writers have variously used anger, indifference, fear, accommodation, and other conflicting emotions and attitudes to express how it feels to be seen as an immigrant or a foreigner in one's own country. Portales looks at four Chica literary works -- Americo Paredes' George Washington Gomez, Anthony Quinn's The Original Sin, Sandra Cisnero's House on Mango Street, and Ana Castillo's Massacre of the Dreamers -- to focus attention on social issues that impede the progress of Latis. By doing so, he hopes to engage both Lati and n-Lati Americans in an overdue dialogue about the power of education and the media to form perceptions that can either empower or repress Lati citizens.
- Author BiographyMarco Portales is Professor of English at Texas A&M University, College Station and the author of one previous book, Youth and Age in American Literature.
- Author(s)Marco Portales
- PublisherTemple University Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication02/02/2000
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationPhiladelphia PA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTemple University Press,U.S.
- Content Note1 b&w photograph
- Weight408 g
- Width4522 mm
- Height6452 mm
- Spine585 mm
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