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Salsa Crossings Dancing Latinidad in Los Angeles

ISBN-10: 0822354977
ISBN-13: 9780822354970
Edition: 2014
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Description: In Los Angeles, night after night, the city's salsa clubs become social arenas where hierarchies of gender, race, and class, and of nationality, citizenship, and belonging, are enacted on and off the dance floor. In an ethnography filled with  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 6/18/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

In Los Angeles, night after night, the city's salsa clubs become social arenas where hierarchies of gender, race, and class, and of nationality, citizenship, and belonging, are enacted on and off the dance floor. In an ethnography filled with dramatic narratives, Cindy García describes how local salseras/os gain social status by performing an exoticized L.A.-style salsa that distances them from club practices associated with Mexicanness. Many Latinos in Los Angeles try to avoid "dancing like a Mexican," attempting to rid their dancing of techniques that might suggest that they are migrants, poor, working-class, Mexican, or undocumented. In L.A. salsa clubs, social belonging and mobility depend on subtleties of technique and movement. With a well-timed dance-floor exit or the lift of a properly tweezed eyebrow, a dancer signals affiliation not only with a distinctive salsa style but also with a particular conceptualization oflatinidad.

About the Series
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Salsas Lopsided Global Flow
The Salsa Wars
Dancing Salsa Wrong
Un/Sequined Corporealities
Circulations of Gender and Power
"Don't Leave Me, Celia�: Salsera Homosociality and Latina Corporealities
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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