A vocabulary of Latina/o studies.
Keywords for Latina/o Studies is a generative text that enhances the ongoing dialogue within a rapidly growing and changing field. The keywords included in this collection represent established and emergent terms, categories, and concepts that undergird Latina/o studies; they delineate the shifting contours of a field best thought of as an intellectual imaginary and experiential project of social and cultural identities within the U.S. academy.
Bringing together sixty-three essays, from humanists, historians, anthropologists, sociologists, among others, each focused on a single term, the volume reveals the broad range of the field while also illuminating the tensions and contestations surrounding issues of language, politics, and histories of colonization, specific to this area of study. From “borderlands” to “migration,” from “citizenship” to “mestizaje,” this accessible volume will be informative for those who are new to Latina/o studies, providing them with a mapping of the current debates and a trajectory of the development of the field, as well as being a valuable resource for scholars to expand their knowledge and critical engagement with the dynamic transformations in the field.
“Showcasing an impressive breadth of concepts and theories, Keywords for Latina/o Studies is like no other book out there. Including accessible essays from contributors of unquestionable expertise and a solid engagement with the many delineations of the field, this book is an essential resource for students and scholars alike.”-Isabel Molina-Guzmán,author of Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media
"With a powerhouse list of contributors, this collection of 63 alphabetically arranged essays from scholars around the US defines major themes, topics, and keywords in the Latina/o studies discipline...[W]ell-written and well-researched entries...Other than full-blown encyclopedias, monographs of this type that engage with the vocabulary of Latina/o studies are scarce." -Choice