Latin Looks: Images of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. Media

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PART FOUR
Strategies for Change

This section is included to help readers become more analytical and critical in viewing Latino images in the media. The three chapters will help readers clarify and better articulate their reactions to media images, the reasons for their assessments, and the criteria they have used to arrive at these assessments. I hope that these chapters will also help readers to reflect on the readings included here and to focus on broader issues, such as the contexts within which images are shown and interpreted, how images are projected, why some characters are seen in a positive light and others in a negative light, and how stereotypes are often subtly conveyed. I also hope that these chapters will assist readers in moving to a more activist or proactive stance with regard to the issues of underrepresentation and misrepresentation of Latinos in the media.

This section contains three chapters. Chapter 16 includes (1) viewing guides, exercises, and projects; (2) a listing of recent Latino-themed films; and (3) a review of other relevant texts. Chapter 17 is intended to deepen readers' appreciation of the material provided in this volume. It contains questions for review and reflection keyed to individual chapters. Finally, Chapter 18 lists and discusses concrete, practicable steps that can be taken to change the current situation of underrepresentation and the misrepresentation of Latinos in the media.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 11
  • Part One - Latinos on Television and in the News: Absent or Misrepresented 13
  • Notes 19
  • 1: Out of the Picture 21
  • 2 - Hispanic Voices: is the Press Listening? 36
  • Notes 53
  • 3: Distorted Reality 57
  • Part Two - The Silver Screen: Stories and Stereotypes 73
  • Notes 79
  • 4: Visual Retrospective 80
  • 5: Citizen Chicano 85
  • 6 - Stereotyping in Films in General and of the Hispanic in Particular 104
  • References 119
  • 7 - Chicanas in Film: History of an Image 121
  • Notes 139
  • 8: From Assimilation to Annihilation 142
  • 9: West Side Story 164
  • 10: Keeping It Reel? Films of the 1980s and 1990s 180
  • Part Three - Creating Alternative Images: The Others" Present Themselves" 185
  • 11 - From the Margin to the Center: Puerto Rican Cinema in New York 188
  • Notes 199
  • 12: Unofficial Stories 200
  • 13: Type and Stereotype 214
  • 14 - Two Film Reviews: My Family/Mi Familia and the Perez Family 221
  • 15 - Hispanic-Oriented Media 225
  • Notes 236
  • References 236
  • Part Four - Strategies for Change 239
  • 16 - Promoting Analytical and Critical Viewing 240
  • Notes 247
  • Notes 250
  • Notes 253
  • 17 - Questions and Reflections About the Reading in This Book 254
  • 18: What We Can Do 261
  • References 271
  • About-The Book, and Editor 275
  • About the Contributors 277
  • Index 279
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