Los Angeles and the Future of Urban Cultures

ISBN-10: 0801882087
ISBN-13: 9780801882081
Edition: 2005
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Description: This special issue of American Quarterly focuses on Los Angeles as an emblematic site through which the scholarship of American studies can be examined. As a city shaped by eighteenth-century European colonization, nineteenth-century U.S.  More...

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 1/20/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

This special issue of American Quarterly focuses on Los Angeles as an emblematic site through which the scholarship of American studies can be examined. As a city shaped by eighteenth-century European colonization, nineteenth-century U.S. territorial expansion, and twentieth-century migration, Los Angeles has come to embody both the hopes and fears of Americans looking to the future. It is a city in which the local is deployed in complex practices of identity and community formation within the broader networks of globalization that continue to define and redefine what constitutes America. The articles in this volume address the complexities of the city's social geography across time, particularly since World War II. The collection reflects an exciting variety of cultural studies perspectives and reveals the synergistic possibilities of current Los Angeles studies and American studies in general. American Quarterly includes interdisciplinary scholarship that engages key issues in American studies. Publishing essays that examine American societies and cultures in global and local contexts, the journal contributes to the understanding of the United States, its diversity, and its impact on world politics and culture.

Preface
Introduction : Los Angeles studies and the future of urban cultures
Best MTA bus line : the number 18, yes, let's take a trip down Whittier Boulevard
Learning from Los Angeles : another one rides the bus
Los Angeles and American studies in a Pacific world of migrations
Border city : race and social distance in Los Angeles
The figure of the neighbor : Los Angeles past and future
Straight into compton : American dreams, urban nightmares, and the metamorphosis of a black suburb
L.A. woman : Charlotta Bass and the complexities of black political development in Los Angeles
"What's good for Boyle heights is good for the Jews" : creating multiracialism on the eastside during the 1950s
The art of the city : modernism, censorship, and the emergence of Los Angeles's postwar art scene
Bringing music to the people : race, urban culture, and municipal politics in postwar Los Angeles
The battle of Los Angeles : the cultural politics of Chicana/o music in the greater eastside
What is an MC if he can't rap to banda? : making music in Nuevo L.A.
Fools banished from the kingdom : remapping geographies of gang violence between the Americas (Los Angeles and San Salvador)
Borders and social distinction in the global suburb
Nuestra Los Angeles

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