Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces
Somos de Una Voz?
Contributions by Claudia Anguiano, Roberto Avant-Mier, Lisa B. Y. Calvente, Karma R. Chávez, Nathaniel I. Córdova, Darrel Enck-Wanzer, Teresita Garza, Alberto González, Kent A. Ono, Richard D. Pineda, T. M Linda Scholz, John M. Sloop, Stacey Sowards, Christopher Joseph Westgate Edited by Michelle A. Holling, Bernadette M. Calafell
Publication date:22 February 2011
Length of book:332 pages
Taking up the charge to study discourses of marginalized groups, while simultaneously extending scholarship about Latina/os in the field of Communication, Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz? provides the most current work examining the vernacular voices of Latina/os. The editors of this diverse collection structure the book along four topics—Locating Foundations, Citizenship and Belonging, The Politics of Self-Representation, and Trans/National Voces—that are guided by the organizing principle of voz/voces [voice/voces]. Voz/voces resonates not only in intellectual endeavors but also in public arenas in which perceptions of Latina/os' being of one voice circulate. The study of voz/voces proceeds from a variety of sites including cultural myth, social movement, music, testimonios, a website, and autoethnographic performance. By questioning and addressing the politics of voz/voces, the essays collectively underscore the complexity that shapes Latina/o multivocality. Ultimately, the contours of Latina/o vernacular expressions call attention to the ways that these unique communities continue to craft identities that transform social understandings of who Latina/os are, to engage in forms of resistance that alter relations of power, and to challenge self- and dominant representations.
Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz?is a diverse, interdisciplinary collection of essays providing insights into scholarship on Latina/o communication. . . .The essays provide a wide-reaching, interdisciplinary contribution to Latina/o studies. . . .The volume provides a rich resource of theoretical, methodological and critical lessons for readers of Latino Studies interested in Latina/o 'voices.