Critical Latin American and Latino Studies

Critical Latin American and Latino Studies

Critical Latin American and Latino Studies

Critical Latin American and Latino Studies

Synopsis

This book brings together some of the most prominent scholars working across the spectrum of Latin American and Latino studies to explore their changing intellectual undertaking in relation to global processes of change. Critical Latin American and Latino Studies identifies the challenges and possibilities of more politically engaged and theoretically critical modes of scholarly practice. One objective is to provide a brief critical history of the study of various Latin American cultures--Latino, Chicano, Puerto Rican, among others. But these essays also serve to assess the roles of ethnic and area studies in light of changing scholarly trends, from emphases on gender and sexuality to a focus on postcoloniality and globalization. The result is an important contribution to current debates on the conditions of contemporary knowledge production.

Excerpt

The end of the Cold War and the restructuring of U.S. and world economies, the demographic, economic, and cultural processes we now refer to as globalization and transnationalism, have all had and will continue to have a significant impact on area and ethnic studies (AES) generally and on those dealing with Chicano/a Latino/a Latin American studies (CLLAS) in particular. In the mainstream and popular press this has meant an unprecedented coverage of things Latino in the United States. At the university level, new budgetary and administrative pressures (such as elimination and/or consolidation of existing AES) along with new research agendas (such as new Americanism, hemispheric or inter-American studies, Latino studies, women of color feminism, and so on) and new conflicts and alliances (such as Chicano/a Latino/a Latin American studies) have also been produced by and have reacted to Latinas/os in a global dimension.

Despite the importance, possibilities, and stakes involved in this reshaping and/or questioning of CLLAS, there are to date few sources to which both academics and students can turn in order to organize and deepen a discussion taking place formally or informally on many U.S. campuses. Critical Latin American and Latino Studies is a collection . . .

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