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In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media, and Citizenship
by Jillian M Baez
University of Illinois Press, 2018
Paper: 978-0-252-08341-9 | Cloth: 978-0-252-04179-2 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05046-6
Library of Congress Classification P94.5.H582U625 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 302.2308968073

In Search of Belonging explores the ways Latina/o audiences in general, and women in particular, make sense of and engage both mainstream and Spanish-language media. Jillian M. Báez’s eye-opening ethnographic analysis draws on the experiences of a diverse group of Latinas in Chicago. In-depth interviews reveal Latinas viewing media images through a lens of citizenship. These women search for nothing less than recognition—and belonging—through representations of Latinas in films, advertising, telenovelas, and TV shows like Ugly Betty and Modern Family. Báez's personal interactions and research merge to create a fascinating portrait, one that privileges the perspectives of the women themselves as they consume media in complex, unpredictable ways.

Innovative and informed by a wealth of new evidence, In Search of Belonging answers important questions about the ways Latinas perform citizenship in today’s America.

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