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Thu, 3 Sep 2009 07:13:14 -0400
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Those interested in mobility and migration may find my new book useful. 
Attached is the book cover. The cover's text is below.

A los que estén interesados en migración y mobilidad les podría ser útil 
mi nuevo libro. El texto es en inglés, pero la gran parte del material 
etnográfico que incluye es bilingue. Les adjunto la portada. El texto de 
la portada es el siguiente:

This richly ethnographic book explores the relationship between 
migration and popular 19
culture through a case study of the consumption practices of 
working-class, transnational
Latina teens. While everyday practices are examined at the local level, 
the processes of
identity construction that Vargas seeks to address are akin to those 
created by diasporic
youth around the world. The book is suitable for graduate and 
upper-level undergraduate
courses in Latina/o communication studies and international/global 
Scholars researching youth will also find the book of particular interest.

“This is a gracefully written and wonderfully illuminating study of 
young transnational
Latinas’ media uses, living outside the main U.S. centers of Latinidad. 
Lucila Vargas
deploys theoretical insight skillfully but critically, using Fernando 
Ortiz, Edward Said,
Linda Martín Alcoff, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Judith Butler. Throughout, 
however, the
voices of the teens are respectfully placed at center stage. This is a 
mature and searching
report on changes and dilemmas in communication and ‘race’ in the 
contemporary USA.”

John D.H. Downing, Director, Global Media Research Center,
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

“Lucila Vargas presents a sensitive and reflexive portrait of the Latina 
experience via a transnational media literacy project. Her sophisticated 
use of poststructural
theories of identity as a performance, combined with critical race 
theory and current
research on the psychological development of migrants and teens, makes 
this a unique
interdisciplinary contribution to the humanities and social sciences. 
The analysis Vargas
culls from working with her teenage girl subjects sets an action 
research agenda for studying
immigration and belonging in the contexts of hegemonic media 
painful migration memories, and the lived realities in the New Latino 

Vicki Mayer, Tulane University