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Anthropology of Los Angeles

Place and Agency in an Urban Setting

Edited by Jenny Banh and Melissa King - Contributions by Maryann Aguirre; Beth F. Baker; Jenny Banh; Nathalie Boucher; Charles Joseph; Melissa King; Andrea Lepage; Adonia E. Lugo; Allison Mattheis; Yolanda T. Moses; ChorSwang Ngin; Jocelyn A. Pacleb; Kyeyoung Park; James Diego Vigil; George Villanueva and Natale A. Zappia

The Anthropology of Los Angeles: Place and Agency in an Urban Setting questions the production and representations of L.A. by revealing the gray spaces between the real and imagined city. Contributors to this urban ethnography document hidden histories that connect daily actors within cultural systems to global social formations. This diverse collection is recommended for scholars of anthropology, history, sociology, race studies, gender studies, food studies, Latin American studies, and Asian studies. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 260Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4985-2853-5 • Hardback • January 2017 • $100.00 • (£70.00)
978-1-4985-2854-2 • eBook • January 2017 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
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

Jocelyn Pacleb

Adonia Lugo, Allison Mattheis, with Maryann Aguirre

Nathalie Boucher
George Villanueva
Kyeyoung Park
Charles Joseph
Andrea Lepage
Beth F. Baker and ChorSwang Ngin

Natale Zappia

Jenny Banh
Jenny Banh
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