Immigration and American Popular Culture An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0814775535

ISBN-13: 9780814775530

Edition: 2006

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Description: A sprawling and uniquely synthetic account of the role immigrants have played as performers, entrepreneurs, and as the subjects of the mass culture industry. Brings a stunning, transnational array of im/migrant cultural forms, immigration policies, and cohorts together in new and important ways. -Rachel Ida Buff, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee How does a 'national' popular culture form and grow over time in a nation comprised of immigrants? How have immigrants used popular culture in America, and how has it used them? Immigration and American Popular Culture looks at the relationship between American immigrants and the popular culture industry in the twentieth century. Through a series of case studies, Rachel Rubin and Jeffrey Melnick uncover how specific trends in popular culture-such as portrayals of European immigrants as gangsters in 1930s cinema, the zoot suits of the 1940s, the influence of Jamaican Americans on rap in the 1970s, and cyberpunk and Asian American zines in the1990s-have their roots in the complex socio-political nature of immigration in America. Supplemented by a timeline of key events and extensive suggestions for further reading, Immigration and American Popular Culture offers at once a unique history of twentieth century U.S. immigration and an essential introduction to the major approaches to the study of popular culture. Melnick and Rubin go further to demonstrate how completely and complexly the processes of immigration and cultural production have been intertwined, and how we cannot understand one without the other.

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122

Rachel Rubinis associate professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is author ofJewish Gangsters of Modern Literature.

Jeffrey Melnick is Associate Professor of American Studies at Babson College. He is author of A Right to Sing the Blues: African Americans, Jews, and American Popular Song and Black-Jewish Relations on Trial: Leo Frank and Jim Conley in the New South .

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Aliens, Inc.
Hollywood, 1930: Jewish Gangster Masquerade
Los Angeles, 1943: Zoot Suit Style, Immigrant Politics
Broadway, 1957: West Side Story and the Nuyorican Blues
Monterey, 1967: The Hippies Meet Ravi Shankar
South Bronx, 1977: Jamaican Migrants, Born Jamericans, and Global Music
Cyberspace, Y2K: Giant Robots, Asian Punks
Afterword: Chelsea, 2006: Wandering Popular Culture
Timeline
Works Cited
Index
About the Authors
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