In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media, and Citizenship - Latinos in Chicago and Midwest (Hardback)
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In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media, and Citizenship - Latinos in Chicago and Midwest (Hardback)

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Hardback 202 Pages / Published: 21/02/2018
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In Search of Belonging explores the ways Latina/o audiences in general, and women in particular, makes sense of and engage both mainstream and Spanish-language media. Jillian M. Baez's eye-opening ethnographic analysis draws on the experiences of a diverse group of Latinas in Chicago. In-depth interviews reveal Latinas viewing media images through a lens of citizenship. These women search for nothing less than recognition--and belonging --through representations of Latinas in films, advertising, telenovelas, and TV shows like Ugly Betty and Modern Family. Baez's personal interactions and research merge to create a fascinating portrait, one that privileges the perspectives of the women themselves as they consume media in complex, unpredictable ways. Innovative and informed by a wealth of new evidence, In Search of Belonging answers important questions about the ways Latinas perform citizenship in today's America.

Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252041792
Number of pages: 202
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Baez's timely and pathbreaking book explores the missing link in the literature of Latinx cultural studies, which have focused on matters of production or representation but seldom on Latinx audiences as active agents of their own. Her in-depth ethnography of audiences makes this original work a must-read for scholars working in the fields of Latinx studies, but also media, American Studies, and gender studies more generally."--Arlene Davila, author of El Mall: The Spatial and Class Politics of Shopping Malls in Latin America
"Baez makes a seminal contribution with this smartly researched study. She gives voice to U.S. Latinas as they enact cultural citizenship, offering important insights on how Latinas consume media for a sense of affirmation, belonging, and empowerment."--Mary C. Beltran, author of Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom

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