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Created: January 13, 2001
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From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity.

Review and Teaching Essay by Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata
Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata, January 2001. "Fair Use" encouraged.

Juan Flores approaches the issue of the inaccurate at unstated assumptions in the use of the term "Latino." Good arguments that indicate our need to be more scrupulous in our use of language. Our need to categorize and bureaucratize limits the efficiency of our communication.

We'll refer to this text in our discussions on labelling and dominant discourse. In particular, I am more concerned by our respective exclusions as adversarial, rather than mutual acceptance of the ambiguities inherent in interdependence. (Sources: Fellman, Henry and Milovanovic, Said, Spivak . . .)