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Critical Interventions in Latina/o Studies

Edited by Nancy Raquel Mirabal and Agustin Laó-Montes - Contributions by Roman de la Campa; Nicole Guidotti-Hernández; Marcia Ochoa; Jossiana Arroyo; Karina Cespedes; Arturo Arias; Teresa Carrillo; Mari Paredes; Erica Marquez; Aisha Beliso; Priscilla Renta; Alberto Sandoval Sánchez; Esther Cuesta; Ramon Solorzano; Isabel Espinal and Lisa Sánchez González

Technofuturos offers a critical and innovative exploration of the forms of representation found in Latina/o studies. The editors, Nancy Raquel Mirabal and Agustin Laó-Montes, challenge conventional notions of Latina/o identities, histories, and cultures by historicizing and differentiating the multiple discourses of Latinidad. The essays examine the temporality and spatiality of socio-historical processes, the multiple and varied constellations of power, and the complicated geographies of desire. By analyzing the discursive, performative, and aesthetic dimensions of knowledge, this book contests and reconstructs Latina/o studies. Technofuturos is a captivating and sophisticated read that will appeal to scholars of Latina/o studies and those interested in postcolonial critique. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 430Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7391-0895-6 • Hardback • April 2007 • $174.00 • (£115.00)
978-0-7391-2578-6 • Paperback • November 2007 • $47.99 • (£32.95)
978-0-7391-6159-3 • eBook • April 2007 • $47.99 • (£32.95)
Nancy Raquel Mirabal is associate professor for the Raza Studies Department at San Francisco State University.
Agustin Laó-Montes is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Part 1 Historical Futures
Chapter 2 Latin, Latino, American: Split States and the Global Imaginary
Chapter 3 Reading Violence, Making Chicana Subjectivities
Chapter 4 Becoming a Man in Yndias: The Mediations of Catalina De Erauso, The Lieutenant Nun
Chapter 5 Afro-Latinas: Bridging Blackness and Latinidad
Chapter 6 Technologies: Transculturations of Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Arturo A. Schomburg's Masonic Writings
Part 7 Globality
Chapter 8 Transfeminismos en el mundo zurdo: Trajectories of U.S. Third World Feminisms
Chapter 9 Central American Diasporas: Transnational Gangs and the Transformation of Latina/o Identity in the United States
Chapter 10 The Best of Care: Latinas and the Discourse of Care
Chapter 11 Segmentation, Migration, and Reciprocities: Cultural Policy and the Growth of Spanish-language Media in the US
Chapter 12 Transmigrant Identities: The Closet and Other Tales by Colombian Immigrants in New York
Chapter 13 "Ochero.com": Circimscribing Transnational Spiritualism Through the Aesthetics of Internet Botanicas
Chapter 14 The Salsa Dancing Body On and Off Stage: A Locus of Agency and Transculturation
Part 15 Writing Self
Chapter 16 An AIDS Testimonial: It's a Broken Record: Ese disco se rayó
Chapter 17 Guayaquileña (in)documentada: One Way Ticket to My Diaspora(s): A Testimonio
Chapter 18 Accent on José: Technological Choice and the Spanish Option in Post 911 America
Chapter 19 A Bridge to Brown: The Politics of Latina Reading
Chapter 20 Mambo No. 5: Montage of the Other Woman
This thoughtful and exciting collection of essays provides a terrific place to explore the multiplicities and complexities of Latina/o Studies. Through sharp, insightful analysis, the essays actively destabilize even as they help to redefine our understandings of critical issues in Latinidades including the workings of silence, the politics of possibility, and the historical geographies of location and self, Reflecting impressive intellectual dexterity, they are able to capture variability and the ever-changing cartographies of this field while effectively situating these technologies of knowledge historically. This volume captures the best of the state-of-the field today.
Gabriela F. Arredondo, oeditor of Chicana Feminisms: A Critical Reader and author of Mexican Chicago: Race, Identity and Nation: 1916-1939

Charted through encounters with familiar and unseen histories, technologies, diasporas, sexualities, geographies, and intimacies, Technofuturos redefines how Latin@ studies is imagined. These writers are reconceptualizing latinidad as a theoretical method for digging into the cracks between disciplines, temporalities and geographies to unsettle staid discourses of identity, ethnicity and nation. This text, itself an act of producing 'historical futures' represents the fullest potential of what Latin@ studies can become, and all that it has been.
Juana María Rodríguez, author of Queer Latinidad and associate professor in the Department of Women Studies at U.C. Berkeley