From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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 Statesas 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 expressionboth in the diaspora and in Puerto RicoFlores highlights the rich complexities and fertile contradictions of Latino identity.
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
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
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 cultureor alternatively feared as its new invaderswe 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.
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.
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?
There is nothing like From Bomba to Hip-Hop at presentcertainly 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.
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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