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Defending Their Own in the ColdThe Cultural Turns of U.S. Puerto Ricans$
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Marc Zimmerman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036460

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036460.001.0001

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Puerto Rican and Chicano Crossovers in Latino Film and Music Culture

Puerto Rican and Chicano Crossovers in Latino Film and Music Culture

To the memory of Sammy Medina (RIP)

(p.1) Chapter 1 Puerto Rican and Chicano Crossovers in Latino Film and Music Culture
Defending Their Own in the Cold

Marc Zimmerman

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the implications of Puerto Rican pop artists becoming marketed as Latinos. In spite of the U.S. Puerto Rican erasure in the very epistemology of Anglo America, and in spite of the negligible and negative representation of Puerto Ricans in film, Puerto Ricans, ironically enough, have participated significantly in subsuming Mexican and Chicano spaces in the configuration of Latino identities in United States and mainly Hollywood cinema. The chapter then argues that all the manipulations and appropriations labeled Hispanic or Latino are not simply imposed or created but are based on certain commonalities or affinities of identity that result not from some racial or otherwise essentialist base, but rather from the imposition, however uneven, of similar, Iberian-based cultural patterns emanating from the colonial and postcolonial periods.

Keywords:   Puerto Rican pop, pop artists, Mexican spaces, Chicano spaces, Latino identities, Hollywood cinema

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