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Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border Josh Kun

Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border

Josh Kun

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ISBN : 9780822352907
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408 pages
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Tijuana Dreaming is an unprecedented introduction to the arts, culture, politics, and economics of contemporary Tijuana, Mexico. With many pieces translated from the Spanish for the first time, the anthology features contributions by prominentMoreTijuana Dreaming is an unprecedented introduction to the arts, culture, politics, and economics of contemporary Tijuana, Mexico. With many pieces translated from the Spanish for the first time, the anthology features contributions by prominent scholars, journalists, bloggers, novelists, poets, curators, and photographers from Tijuana and greater Mexico. They explore urban planning in light of Tijuana’s unique infrastructural, demographic, and environmental challenges. They delve into its musical countercultures, architectural ruins, cinema, and emergence as a hot spot on the international art scene. One contributor examines fictional representations of Tijuanas past as a Prohibition-era city of sin for U.S. pleasure seekers. Another reflects on its present as a city beleaguered by kidnappings and drug violence. In an interview, Nestor García Canclini revisits ideas that he advanced in Culturas híbridas (1990), his watershed book about Latin America and cultural hybridity. Taken together, the selections present a kaleidoscopic portrait of a major border city in the age of globalization.Contributors. Tito Alegría, Humberto Félix Berumen, Roberto Castillo Udiarte, Iain Chambers, Luis Humberto Crosthwaite, Teddy Cruz, Ejival, Tarek Elhaik, Guillermo Fadanelli, Ingrid Hernández, Jennifer Insley-Pruitt, Kathryn Kopinak, Josh Kun, Jesse Lerner, Fiamma Montezemolo, Rene Peralta, Rafa Saavedra, Lucía Sanromán, Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, Heriberto YépezJosh Kun is a professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America and coeditor of Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies. Fiamma Montezemolo is an anthropologist and artist teaching in the Department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Faceless: Ethnicity and Gender in the Zapatista Movement and a coauthor of Here Is Tijuana! Iain Chambers teaches cultural and postcolonial studies at the Università degli Studi di Napoli, lOrientale, Italy. He is the author, most recently, of Mediterranean Crossings: The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity, also published by Duke University Press.Tijuana Dreaming is important and inspirational: a study of the imaginary of a city that constantly reinvents itself. By documenting the artistic and social expressions of this border city, Josh Kun and Fiamma Montezemolo reveal what motivates us and what makes us proud as tijuanenses: living in a city so full of inspiration and possibility.—Ramón Amezcua, aka Bostich, of Nortec CollectiveThis is an exciting and timely collection of cultural criticism and creative work. The selections are inspired, alert to a wide spectrum of practices and debates. Personal narratives, urban development, art, literature, photography, and architecture are just some of the matters covered in this rich and thought-provoking conversation, and the foreword by Iain Chambers provides the perfect framing device, linking Tijuana to global studies and critical inquiry.—Roberto Tejada, author of National Camera: Photography and Mexicos Image EnvironmentTijuana Dreaming stages an international dialogue about issues of overwhelming importance. It will enable supremely talented Spanish-language writers to reach Anglophone audiences, compel scholars to rethink why culture matters now, and lead readers around the world to consider the responsibilities and obligations that we incur in the face of rapidly changing configurations of capital, culture, violence, and the nation state.—George Lipsitz, author of How Racism Takes Place