Salsa Crossings: Dancing Latinidad in Los Angeles (Latin America Otherwise) (Hardcover)

Salsa Crossings: Dancing Latinidad in Los Angeles (Latin America Otherwise) By Cindy García Cover Image
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In Los Angeles, night after night, the city's salsa clubs become social arenas where hierarchies of gender, race, and class, and of nationality, citizenship, and belonging are enacted on and off the dance floor. In an ethnography filled with dramatic narratives, Cindy Garc a describes how local salseras/os gain social status by performing an exoticized L.A.-style salsa that distances them from club practices associated with Mexicanness. Many Latinos in Los Angeles try to avoid "dancing like a Mexican," attempting to rid their dancing of techniques that might suggest that they are migrants, poor, working-class, Mexican, or undocumented. In L.A. salsa clubs, social belonging and mobility depend on subtleties of technique and movement. With a well-timed dance-floor exit or the lift of a properly tweezed eyebrow, a dancer signals affiliation not only with a distinctive salsa style but also with a particular conceptualization of latinidad.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780822354819
ISBN-10: 0822354810
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: June 18th, 2013
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Latin America Otherwise