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Los Angeles and the Future of Urban Cultures

edited by Raúl Homero Villa and George J. Sánchez

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This special issue of American Quarterly focuses on Los Angeles as an emblematic site through which the scholarship of American studies can be examined. As a city shaped by eighteenth-century European colonization, nineteenth-century U.S. territorial expansion, and twentieth-century migration, Los Angeles has come to embody both the hopes and fears of Americans looking to the future. It is a city in which the local is deployed in complex practices of identity and community formation within the broader networks of globalization that continue to define and redefine what constitutes America.

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This special issue of American Quarterly focuses on Los Angeles as an emblematic site through which the scholarship of American studies can be examined. As a city shaped by eighteenth-century European colonization, nineteenth-century U.S. territorial expansion, and twentieth-century migration, Los Angeles has come to embody both the hopes and fears of Americans looking to the future. It is a city in which the local is deployed in complex practices of identity and community formation within the broader networks of globalization that continue to define and redefine what constitutes America.

The articles in this volume address the complexities of the city's social geography across time, particularly since World War II. The collection reflects an exciting variety of cultural studies perspectives and reveals the synergistic possibilities of current Los Angeles studies and American studies in general.

American Quarterly includes interdisciplinary scholarship that engages key issues in American studies. Publishing essays that examine American societies and cultures in global and local contexts, the journal contributes to the understanding of the United States, its diversity, and its impact on world politics and culture.

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Provides a lively sample of the latest scholarship that critics and fans of Los Angeles alike will enjoy.

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368
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9780801882081
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Los Angeles Studies and the Future of Urban Cultures
Chapter 1. Best MTA Bus Line: The Number 18, yes, let's take a trip down Whittier Boulevard
Chapter 2. Learning from Los Angeles

Preface
Introduction: Los Angeles Studies and the Future of Urban Cultures
Chapter 1. Best MTA Bus Line: The Number 18, yes, let's take a trip down Whittier Boulevard
Chapter 2. Learning from Los Angeles: Another One Rides the Bus
Chapter 3. Los Angeles and American Studies in a Pacific World of Migrations
Chapter 4. Border City: Race and Social Distance in Los Angeles
Chapter 5. The Figure of the Neighbor: Los Angeles Past and Future
Chapter 6. Straight into Compton: American Dreams, Urban Nightmares, and the Metamorphosis of a Black Suburb
Chapter 7. L.A. Race Woman: Charlotta Bass and the Complexities of Black Political Development in Los Angeles
Chapter 8. "What's Good for Boyle Heights Is Good for the Jews":
Chapter 9. Creating Multiracialism on the Eastside during the 1950s
Chapter 10. The Art of the City: Modernism, Censorship, and the Emergence of Los Angeles's Postwar Art Scene
Chapter 11. Bringing Music to the People: Race, Urban Culture, and Municipal Politics in
Chapter 12. Postwar Los Angeles
Chapter 13. The Battle of Los Angeles: The Cultural Politics of Chicana/o Music in the Greater Eastside
Chapter 14. What Is an MC If He Can't Rap to Banda?
Chapter 15. Making Music in Nuevo L.A.
Chapter 16. Fools Banished from the Kingdom: Remapping Geographies of Gang Violence between the Americas (Los Angeles and San Salvador)
Chapter 17. Borders and Social Distinction in the Global Suburb
Chapter 18. Nuestra Los Angeles
Contributors
Index

Author Bios
Featured Contributor

Raúl Homero Villa

Raúl Homero Villa is a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Occidental College.