ISBN-10:
0231110774
ISBN-13:
9780231110778
Pub. Date:
05/24/2000
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity / Edition 1

From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity / Edition 1

by Juan Flores
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Overview

Neither immigrants nor ethnics, neither foreign nor "hyphenated Americans" in the usual sense of that term, Puerto Ricans in New York have created a distinct identity both on the island of Puerto Rico and in the cultural landscape of the United States. Juan Flores considers the uniqueness of Puerto Rican culture and identity in relation to that of other Latino groups in the United States—as well as to other minority groups, especially African Americans. Architecture and urban space, literary traditions, musical styles, and cultural movements provide some of the sites and moments of a cultural world defined by the interplay of continuity and transformation, heritage and innovation, roots and fusion. Exploring this wide range of cultural expression—both in the diaspora and in Puerto Rico—Flores highlights the rich complexities and fertile contradictions of Latino identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231110778
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 05/24/2000
Series: Popular Cultures, Everyday Lives
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 751,250
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Juan Flores is professor of Black and Puerto Rican studies at Hunter College and professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, and has written and lectured widely on the subject of Puerto Rican and Latino culture. His publications include Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Culture and La venganza de Cortijo y otros ensayos.

Table of Contents

Prelude: From Bomba to Hip-Hop
Introduction
1. "pueblo pueblo'': Popular Culture in Time
2. The Lite Colonial: Diversions of Puerto Rican Discourse
3. Broken English Memories: Languages in the Trans-Colony
4. "Salvacion Casita'': Space, Performance, and Community
5. "Cha-Cha with a Backbeat'': Songs and Stories of Latin Boogaloo
6. Puerto Rocks: Rap, Roots, and Amnesia
7. Pan-Latino/Trans-Latino: Puerto Ricans in the "New Nueva York''
8. Life Off the Hyphen: Latino Literature and Nuyorican Traditions
9. The Latino Imaginary: Meanings of Community and Identity
10. Latino Studies: New Contexts, New Concepts
Postscript 1998: "None of the Above''

What People are Saying About This

Julia Álvarez

As our music becomes popular, our books become classroom texts, our foods deck the covers of magazines, and we are lauded as the new spice of American culture—or alternatively feared as its new invaders—we become lumped together as Latinos and Hispanics: the new millennial minority. All the more need for a book like Juan Flores's From Bomba to Hip-Hop, an encyclopedic and yet deftly written study of Puerto Rican culture and Latino identity.... [This book] helps define our complexities, tell our history, and map our future.

George Yudice

There is nothing like From Bomba to Hip-Hop at present-certainly no other book that combines in-depth experience with the culture, the sophistication of the author's theoretical foundations, and the eloquence of his style.

Doris Sommer

From Bomba to Hip-Hop shows a probing scholar with his hand firmly but gently on the pulse of cultural formations that would have eluded most of the rest of us. Who else but Juan Flores explores the complexities of Latino life with both sociological depth and a keen ear for popular musical cadences and literary innovation?

George Yúdice

There is nothing like From Bomba to Hip-Hop at present—certainly no other book that combines in-depth experience with the culture, the sophistication of the author's theoretical foundations, and the eloquence of his style.

Julia Alvarez

From the Author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

[A] deftly written study of Puerto Rican culture and Latino identity. [This book] help define our complexities, tell our history, and map our future.

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