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- DescriptionWinner of the 2010 Distinguished Book Award in Lati Studies from the Latin American Studies Association Illegal immigrant, tax burden, job stealer. Patriot, family oriented, hard worker, model consumer. Ever since Latis became the largest mirity in the U.S. they have been caught between these wildly contrasting characterizations leaving us to wonder: Are Latis friend or foe? Lati Spin cuts through the spin about Latis' supposed values, political attitudes, and impact on U.S. national identity to ask what these caricatures suggest about Latis' shifting place in the popular and political imaginary. Noted scholar Arlene Davila illustrates the growing consensus among pundits, advocates, and scholars that Latis are t a social liability, that they are moving up and contributing, and that, in fact, they are more American than the Americans. But what is at stake in such a sanitized and marketable representation of Latinidad? Davila follows the spin through the realm of politics, think tanks, Lati museums, and urban planning to uncover whether they effectively challenge the growing fear over Latis' supposedly dreadful effect on the integrity of U.S. national identity. What may be some of the intended or unintended consequences of these more marketable representations in regard to current debates over immigration? With particular attention to what these representations reveal about the place and role of Latis in the contemporary politics of race, Lati Spin highlights the realities they skew and the polarization they effect between Latis and other mirities, and among Latis themselves along the lines of citizenship and class. Finally, by considering Latis in all their diversity, including their increasing financial and geographic disparities, Davila can present alternative and more empowering representations of Latinidad to help attain true political equity and intraracial coalitions.
- Author BiographyArlene Davila is Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at NYU. Her books include Culture Works: Space, Value and Mobility Across the Neoliberal Americas (2012) and Latino Spin: Public Image and the Whitewashing of Race (2008), both available from NYU Press.
- Author(s)Arlene M. Davila
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2008
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight308 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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