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Latino Spin: The Battle over Latinos' Public Image

Arlene Dávila is a cultural anthropologist interested in popular culture, media, cities, and urban culture. She is most interested in Puerto Ricans in the eastern U.S., and Latinos nationwide. She is now examining the so called “mainstreaming” and republicanization” of U.S. Latinos.
When Nov 09, 2006
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library
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ARLENE DÁVILA

Professor of Anthropology and American Studies, New York University

Arlene Dávila is a cultural anthropologist interested in popular culture, media, cities, and urban culture. She is most interested in Puerto Ricans in the eastern U.S., and Latinos nationwide. She is now examining the so called “mainstreaming” and republicanization” of U.S. Latinos.

Latino Spin: The Battle over Latinos' Public Image

In this lecture, Professor Dávila discusses the recent media creation of the notion of a rising Latino middle class that is "more American" than most Americans. She argues that this rhetoric contributes to the scapegoating of recent immigrants and working-class Latinos by casting them as outside the middle-class aspirations that indicate acceptance to mainstream society.