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978-1-4985-2853-5 • Hardback • January 2017 • $116.00 • (£89.00)
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Jenny Banh is assistant professor of anthropology and Asian American studies at California State University, Fresno.
Melissa King is faculty chair of the anthropology department at San Bernardino Valley College.
Yolanda T. Moses
Melissa King with Jenny Banh
Chapter 1 Hauntings of a Different Kind: Militarized Spaces and Memories of Containment
Chapter 2 Bicycle Anthropology of Los Angeles
Adonia Lugo, Allison Mattheis, with Maryann Aguirre
Chapter 3 The People in Los Angeles Public Spaces Are Not Dead: Micro-Sociability in the Squares, Plazas, and Parks of the Post-Modern Global City
Chapter 4 Embodying Democratic Spaces: Community Organizer Alternative Narratives That Challenge the Mainstream Negative Stigma of South Los Angeles
Chapter 5 Analysis of Latino-Korean Relations in the Workplace: Latino Perspectives in the Aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest
Chapter 6 Memory: The Angeleno Pharmakon
Chapter 7 Multiple Ways of Knowing: Layers of History on The Great Wall of Los Angeles
Chapter 8 Making Space: Ethnic Towns and the Racing of Public Space in Los Angeles
Beth F. Baker and ChorSwang Ngin
Chapter 9 Agro-Ethnic Landscapes of Los Angeles
Chapter 10 A Conversation with Diego Vigil a Los Angeles Pioneer Anthropologist: An Anthropologist
Past, Present, and Future
Banh and King’s anthology is a timely and multifaceted addition to Los Angeles studies and urban anthropology. Reminiscent of editors Raúl Villa and George Sánchez’s Los Angeles and the Future of Urban Cultures (2005), the book focuses on contestations of power and space through public culture, agency, and memory. Threads of activism and intersecting identities run throughout the chapters, which range from the aftermath of the 1992 LA uprisings to the Great Wall of Los Angeles mural, urban agriculture, and models of community organizing. The book’s methodological emphasis on ground-up ethnography (including autoethnography) is one of its greatest strengths, along with interventions into scholarship of the city that has largely drawn from archives, interviews, or literary works.... [T]his is a useful volume for students and scholars of postmodern urban landscapes, as well as practitioners seeking an introduction to the heterogeneity of Los Angeles. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries.
— Choice Reviews
This important collection on Los Angeles exposes the formation of contradictions in the fabric of society, the diversity of communities, and the ongoing struggles to overcome the myriad dimensions of the inequalities that exist today.
— Thomas Patterson, University of California, Riverside
This book is a must-read in the growing body of literature on postmodern Los Angeles. It offers a broad range of Angeleno experiences that challenge urban anthropology's canon with scholarship that centers on the people, and that intersects with the studies of ethnic landscapes of race, class, and gender.
— Herbert G. Ruffin II, Syracuse University; author of Uninvited Neighbors: African Americans in Silicon Valley, 1769-1990