The decorations in a fourteen-year-old boy's room, historical ties to spiritual healers and migrant workers, the sexual puns of an older man, low-riders and youth gangs.…In their language and images, the members of a Latino community in a midsized American city create self-respect in an atmosphere of disrespect. In this creative ethnography Ralph Cintron offers a beautiful portrait of a struggling Mexican-American community and "a project in the rhetoric of public culture," to show how people make sense of their lives through cultural forms and how the work of anthropologists is in itself culture-making.
"[Cintron] uses his considerable skills as an ethnographer to provide a revealing look at the culture of a Mexican American community."
"A remarkable piece of ethnographic work."
—José Limón, author of Dancing with the Devil
"A special book that is just as much about inequality in the contemporary U.S. as it is about the way to research it. The writing is almost lyrical; the cumulative effect, devastating."
—Virginia Dominguez, author of White by Definition
"I am stunned, amazed, almost breathless at how good Angels' Town is.…Landmark critical ethnography and rhetorical analysis."
—David Jolliffe, DePaul University
"A stunning and important work that sets high standards for the new anthropology of Latino communities in the United States."
—Ruth Behar, author of The Vulnerable Observer
A special book that is just as much about inequality in the contemporary U.S. as it is about the way to research it. Cintron succeeds in doing what many well-intentioned policies do not. And he does it by looking and listening with great care, rather than assuming, condemning, or condoning. --Virginia Dominguez, author of "White by Definition"
"I am stunned, amazed, almost breathless at how good "Angels' Town" is. . . . Landmark, critical ethnography and rhetorical analysis." --David Jolliffe, DePaul University
"A remarkable piece of ethnographic work. . . . With the publication of this book, Cintron will take a well-deserved place in the company of the leading ethnographers both in Mexican-American studies and in the study of cultural poetics in general." --Jose Limon, author of "Dancing with the Devil"
"After years of debates about whether ethnographers can write about the lives of their subjects without colonizing them, Cintron, a master rhetorician, shows us that cultural anthropology is still possible-but we must come to it with a commitment to learning how to read the deep stories of resentment, longing, and loss that are embedded in the world of the everyday. . . . A stunning and important work that sets high standards for the new anthropology of Latino communities in the United States." --Ruth Behar, author of "The Vulnerable Observer"
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st November 1998
Publisher: Beacon Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.417