Hispanas de Queens


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Cornell University Press
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6.12 X 9.0 X 0.46 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author

Milagros Ricourt is Assistant Professor in the Department of Latin American Studies at City University of New York. Ruby Danta has served as coordinator of the Translation Service Program at Queens College and Director of the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens.


"I strongly recommend Hispanas de Queens. This book about Latino pan-ethnicity as an ongoing production among the grass roots is engaging and important."

--Christian Krohn-Hansen, University of Oslo, Norway "Ethnos "

"Ricourt and Danta acknowledge that their study of Latino panethnicity in Corona may be a unique case, due to the degree of diversity in a relatively small geographic area. However, their study contributes an important set of factors that result in the development of a panethnic identity, making it possible to replicate their research in other communities."

--Ines M. Miyares, Hunter College "Journal of American Ethnic History "

"Hispanas de Queens documents a vibrant community among immigrants from various Latin American countries, especially the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Peru, and Ecuador.... Instead of lamenting the erasure of national by pan-ethnic identities, Ricourt and Danta propose that both can coexist and complement each other."

--Jorge Duany "CENTRO Journal "

"Hispanas de Queens is a welcome addition to our understandings of Latino pan-ethnic affiliation. The book's importance for Latino Studies lies in its recognition of the pivotal roles played by women in the local production of latinidades.... The book's positive claims about Latina centrality in the forging of new identificatory possibilities and organizational links are backed up by the generous excerpts from the personal testimonies of the women who were the subjects of the initial fieldwork. Indeed, by allowing space for the women of Corona to speak about their sense of place and dynamic community involvement, Hispanas de Queens provides a timely antidote to the critical legacies of the culture of violence and/or poverty theses."

--Paul Allatson "Bulletin of Spanish Studies "

"Readable and well researched (much of it is based on Ricourt's own experience as a Dominican living in Corona), Hispanas makes the case for the political potency of conviviencia diaria, or 'daily-life interaction'."

--City Limits

"This rich ethnography of Latino panethnicity as an everyday production is pathbreaking in its analysis. Milagros Ricourt and Ruby Danta highlight the significance of women's daily interaction across Latino ethnic lines and the ways that convivencia diaria create panethnic solidarity, a valuable economic and political resource in American society."

--Mary Romero, Professor School of Justice Studies, Arizona State University