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From Bomba to Hip-Hop


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Prelude: From Bomba to Hip-Hop Introduction 1. "pueblo pueblo": Popular Culture in Time 2. The Lite Colonial: Diversions of Puerto Rican Discourse 3. Broken English Memories: Languages in the Trans-Colony 4. "Salvacion Casita": Space, Performance, and Community 5. "Cha-Cha with a Backbeat": Songs and Stories of Latin Boogaloo 6. Puerto Rocks: Rap, Roots, and Amnesia 7. Pan-Latino/Trans-Latino: Puerto Ricans in the "New Nueva York" 8. Life Off the Hyphen: Latino Literature and Nuyorican Traditions 9. The Latino Imaginary: Meanings of Community and Identity 10. Latino Studies: New Contexts, New Concepts Postscript 1998: "None of the Above"

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Flores investigates the historical experience of Puerto Ricans in New York, reflecting their varied areas of cultural expression in the diaspora against the background of contemporary debates in Puerto Rico and recent developments in cultural theory. Close studies of urban space and performance, popular musical styles, and Nuyorican literature highlight the complexities and contradictions of Latino identity.

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Juan Flores is professor of Black and Puerto Rican studies at Hunter College and professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, and has written and lectured widely on the subject of Puerto Rican and Latino culture. His publications include Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Culture and La venganza de Cortijo y otros ensayos.


Flores (black and Puerto Rican studies, Hunter Coll.; sociology, CUNY Graduate Ctr.) has written widely on Latino and Puerto Rican culture. In this new book, he focuses on the progression of Puerto Rican culture in the United States over the past half-century. He analyzes developments in music, literature, and other elements of popular culture and compares Puerto Rican culture to that of other Latino groups in the United States. He follows some interesting trends, such as the building of casitas, shacks modeled after the traditional rural homes in Puerto Rico, as cultural centers in urban U.S. settings. Flores also discusses aspects of Puerto Rican musical influence, including the Latin Boogaloo craze of 1966-68. He celebrates Puerto Rican cultural accomplishments while encouraging further achievement. While academic in format and tone, Flores's writing is accessible to the interested lay reader. For academic libraries or public libraries with a special interest in the subject.DGwen M. Gregory, New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

In his eloquent essay collection... Flores has compiled a decade of research and meditations on 'America's fastest-growing minority,' Latinos. -- Suzy Hansen New York Times Book Review Well written and informative. Anyone wanting insight into Puerto Rican history and culture will find it enlightening. The book also offers solid supplemental reading for graduate or advanced undergraduate students in music history, Puerto Rican history, cultural studies, and sociology classes. Hispanic Outlook Flores's invaluable book establishes a new parameter for the field of Latino/a studies. Poignant and full of moving accounts, this volume does an inestimable service to both scholars and general readers. Choice The latest work by Juan Flores, the most prominent thinker on the most current topics debated in Latino studies...indispensable. -- Zaragosa Vargas Journal of American History

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