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National Performances: The Politics of Class, Race, and Space in Puerto Rican Chicago Paperback – July 15, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0226703596 ISBN-10: 0226703592 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (July 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226703592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226703596
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Ramos-Zayas has presented an up-close, richly detailed account of the processes that define a community. She has made contributions in two important areas of anthropology. First, her detailed ethnography provides information about an area of the Puerto Rican diaspora not previously documented. . . . Second, she emphasizes the construction of national identity as a discursive process, contingent, comparative and context sensitive.”
(Bonnie Urciuoli, Anthropological Quarterly) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In this book, Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas explores how Puerto Ricans in Chicago construct and perform nationalism. Contrary to characterizations of nationalism as a primarily unifying force, Ramos-Zayas finds that it actually provides the vocabulary to highlight distinctions along class, gender, racial, and generational lines among Puerto Ricans, as well as between Puerto Ricans and other Latino, black, and white populations.

Drawing on extensive ethnographic research, Ramos-Zayas shows how the performance of Puerto Rican nationalism in Chicago serves as a critique of social inequality, colonialism, and imperialism, allowing barrio residents and others to challenge the notion that upward social mobility is equally available to all Americans—or all Puerto Ricans. Paradoxically, however, these activists' efforts also promote upward social mobility, overturning previous notions that resentment and marginalization are the main results of nationalist strategies.

Ramos-Zayas's groundbreaking work allows her here to offer one of the most original and complex analyses of contemporary nationalism and Latino identity in the United States.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Elizabeth on September 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm a Rutgers student, and I had to read this book for an anthropology class which was taught by Ramos Zayas. While she is an engaging lecturer, and I thoroughly enjoyed the other readings for the class, veiled sentiments in particular, this particular book was extremely difficult to get through. She is a very smart woman, but this book is more written for a graduate level anthropology class rather than an intro course. The vocabulary and sentence structure she uses is very tricky and you pretty much have to have a general idea of anthropology to really understand it.

I am an anthro major but I read this book for my first anthropology course and was like....huh???? in every other paragraph. What's even more shocking is that my TA for the course told us that she had to read this same book for one of her graduate courses and had trouble with it!

I'm an avid reader of ethnographies but this one was just too tough.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ramos-Zayas delves into topics that are crucial to ethnographic research. She explores the performance of Puerto Ricans and critiques the social inequalities perpetrated against barrio residents.
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Smith on March 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
A disgrace to Puerto Ricans she hits us with vocabulary that she thinks will make her smart but it is a jumbled mess. Try again
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