Black and Brown in Los Angeles is a timely and
wide-ranging, interdisciplinary foray into the complicated world of
multiethnic Los Angeles. The first book to focus exclusively on the
range of relationships and interactions between Latinas/os and
African Americans in one of the most diverse cities in the United
States, the book delivers supporting evidence that Los Angeles is a
key place to study racial politics while also providing the basis
for broader discussions of multiethnic America.
Students, faculty, and interested readers will gain an
understanding of the different forms of cultural borrowing and
exchange that have shaped a terrain through which African Americans
and Latinas/os cross paths, intersect, move in parallel tracks, and
engage with a whole range of aspects of urban living. Tensions and
shared intimacies are recurrent themes that emerge as the
contributors seek to integrate artistic and cultural constructs
with politics and economics in their goal of extending simple
paradigms of conflict, cooperation, or coalition.
The book features essays by historians, economists, and cultural
and ethnic studies scholars, alongside contributions by
photographers and journalists working in Los Angeles.
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