Sounds of Belonging: U.S. Spanish-language Radio and Public Advocacy - Critical Cultural Communication (Paperback)Dolores Ines Casillas (author)
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How Spanish-language radio has influenced American and Latino discourse on key current affairs issues such as citizenship and immigration.Winner, Book of the Year presented by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education
Honorable Mention for the 2015 Latino Studies Best Book presented by the Latin American Studies AssociationThelast two decades have produced continued Latino population growth, and markedshifts in both communications and immigration policy. Since the 1990s, Spanish-language radio has dethroned English-language radio stations in major citiesacross the United States, taking over the number one spot in Los Angeles,Houston, Miami, and New York City. Investigating the cultural and politicalhistory of U.S. Spanish-language broadcasts throughout the twentieth century, Soundsof Belonging reveals how these changes have helped Spanish-language radiosecure its dominance in the major U.S. radio markets. Bringing together theories on the immigration experience withsound and radio studies, Dolores Ines Casillas documentshow Latinos form listening relationships with Spanish-language radioprogramming. Using a vast array of sources, from print culture and industryjournals to sound archives of radio programming, she reflects on institutionalgrowth, the evolution of programming genres, and reception by the radioindustry and listeners to map the trajectory of Spanish-language radio, fromits grassroots origins to the current corporate-sponsored business it hasbecome. Casillas focuses on Latinos' use of Spanish-language radio to helpnavigate their immigrant experiences with U.S. institutions, for example inbroadcasting discussions about immigration policies while providing anonymityfor a legally vulnerable listenership. Sounds of Belonging proposes thatdebates of citizenship are not always formal personal appeals but a collectiveexperience heard loudly through broadcast radio.
Publisher: New York University Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
"Methodically argued and supported with rare archival detail, Sounds of Belonging provides a sorely needed account of U.S. Mexican community radio and Chicano-based Spanish-language radio. Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, Sounds of Belonging makes a significant intervention into Latina/o media studies and media history more generally."-Isabel Molina-Guzman,author of Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media
"Casillas offers an incisive analysis of the origins and evolution of Spanish-language radio in the US and its key role in shaping the public discourse about citizenship and immigration issues in the 20th century. With precision and engaging storytelling, Casillas describes how radio became a critical medium that gave Latino/as and Chicano/as access to a public forum about matters that affected them directly in a country where many were socially and culturally disenfranchised....This book is a much-needed contribution to conversations about the complex dynamics at the intersections of mass media, language, race, and social justice issues."-Choice
"Dolores Ines Casillas's important study sheds new light on Spanish-language radio, noting how it allows marginalized Latinos to claim a place within a hostile environment."-The Journal of American History
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