Congratulations to our CSUSM colleague Michelle Holling for her recent publication!
Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz?,
eds. Michelle A. Holling and Bernadette M. Calafell (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011)
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.
List of Contributors
Claudia Anguiano, Roberto Avant-Mier, Bernadette M. Calafell, Lisa B. Y. Calvente, Karma R. Chávez, Nathaniel I. Córdova, Darrel Enck-Wanzer, Teresita Garza, Alberto González, Michelle A. Holling, Kent A. Ono, Richard D. Pineda, T.M. Linda Scholz, John M. Sloop, Stacey Sowards, Christopher Joseph Westgate.
About the Editors
Michelle A. Holling is Associate Professor of Communication at California State University San Marcos. Bernadette M. Calafell is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Denver.
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