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The power of the zoot [electronic resource] : youth culture and resistance during World War II /
Luis Alvarez.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008.
description
xiii, 318 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520253019 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520253018 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008.
isbn
0520253019 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520253018 (cloth : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
11373749
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-304) and index.
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Excerpts
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"Alvarez has broken new ground, with implications for our understanding of minority youth cultures of the past and today."--Edward J. Escobar, author ofRace, Police, and the Making of a Political Identity: Mexican Americans and the Los Angeles Police Department, 1900-1945
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"Luis Alvarez has quite simply crafted a magnificent first book--one that tells a national story from African American and Mexican American youth in New York and Los Angeles to Nisei, Filipino, and Euro-American zooters and the wartime race-based violence that erupted in Detroit, Beaumont, and Mobile."--Vicki L. Ruiz, author ofFrom Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America "Alvarez has broken new ground, with implications for our understanding of minority youth cultures of the past and today."--Edward J. Escobar, author ofRace, Police, and the Making of a Political Identity: Mexican Americans and the Los Angeles Police Department, 1900-1945
Flap Copy
"Luis Alvarez has quite simply crafted a magnificent first book--one that tells a national story from African American and Mexican American youth in New York and Los Angeles to Nisei, Filipino, and Euro-American zooters and the wartime race-based violence that erupted in Detroit, Beaumont, and Mobile."--Vicki L. Ruiz, author of "From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America" "Alvarez has broken new ground, with implications for our understanding of minority youth cultures of the past and today."--Edward J. Escobar, author of "Race, Police, and the Making of a Political Identity: Mexican Americans and the Los Angeles Police Department, 1900-1945"
Flap Copy
"Luis Alvarez has quite simply crafted a magnificent first book--one that tells a national story from African American and Mexican American youth in New York and Los Angeles to Nisei, Filipino, and Euro-American zooters and the wartime race-based violence that erupted in Detroit, Beaumont, and Mobile."--Vicki L. Ruiz, author of From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America "Alvarez has broken new ground, with implications for our understanding of minority youth cultures of the past and today."--Edward J. Escobar, author of Race, Police, and the Making of a Political Identity: Mexican Americans and the Los Angeles Police Department, 1900-1945
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-06-01:
"The power of the zoot" is eloquently explained in this engaging work. With a perfect mix of academic inquiry and accessible language, Alvarez (Univ. of California, San Diego) helps define a generation through an insightful look into one of the most powerful images of the age: the zoot suit. Describing more than just an expression of musical taste and clique membership, the book delves into patterns of speech and realms of behavior that are tied to the rebellion represented by the zoot. The author exposes race, religion, and the politics of culture in the urban US during WW II through his exploration into "Dignity Denied" during the early war years, "The Struggle for Dignity" during the height of world conflict, and "Violence and National Belonging on the Home Front," where zoot violence and race riots across the US symbolize the disaffection of youth in the 1940s. The book closes with a thought-inspiring epilogue that explores the connections between the zoot suit phenomenon and hip-hop as a cultural entity, offering provoking insight into the need for recognition and respect that underlies many youth movements of the past and present. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. S. Kowtko Spokane Community College
Reviews
Review Quotes
"[A] fascinating work of scholarship."
"[A] fascinating work of scholarship."-- Left History
"[Alvarez's] scholarship is now the best and most comprehensive book on Zoot Suit culture, society, and race conflict during World War II."
"[Alvarez's] scholarship is now the best and most comprehensive book on Zoot Suit culture, society, and race conflict during World War II."-- H-Urban
"A solid contribution to the field."
"Colorful, entertaining, and frequently enlightening. . . . Alvarez leaves us asking for more."
"Colorful, entertaining, and frequently enlightening. . . . Alvarez leaves us asking for more."-- New Mexico Historical Review
"Deserves much credit for analyzing youth fashion during the era of swing jazz as a national phenomenon ."
"Deserves much credit for analyzing youth fashion during the era of swing jazz as a national phenomenon ."-- The Journal of American History
"Diligently charts a culture's exemplar, the zoot suit, and connects it to modern fashion and music . . . . It is a compelling window into the U.S. in the war years as seen from a much different point of view."
"Diligently charts a culture's exemplar, the zoot suit, and connects it to modern fashion and music . . . . It is a compelling window into the U.S. in the war years as seen from a much different point of view."--The Morning News
"Diligently charts a culture's exemplar, the zoot suit, and connects it to modern fashion and music . . . . It is a compelling window into the U.S. in the war years as seen from a much different point of view."-- The Morning News
"The work is admirable wide and deep."
"The work is admirable wide and deep."-- Journal of World History
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Summaries
Long Description
Flamboyant zoot suit culture, with its ties to fashion, jazz and swing music, jitterbug and Lindy Hop dancing, unique patterns of speech, and even risque experimentation with gender and sexuality, captivated the country's youth in the 1940s. "The Power of the Zoot "is the first book to give national consideration to this famous phenomenon. Providing a new history of youth culture based on rare, in-depth interviews with former zoot-suiters, Luis Alvarez explores race, region, and the politics of culture in urban America during World War II. He argues that Mexican American and African American youths, along with many nisei and white youths, used popular culture to oppose accepted modes of youthful behavior, the dominance of white middle-class norms, and expectations from within their own communities.
Main Description
Flamboyant zoot suit culture, with its ties to fashion, jazz and swing music, jitterbug and Lindy Hop dancing, unique patterns of speech, and even risqueacute; experimentation with gender and sexuality, captivated the country's youth in the 1940s.The Power of the Zootis the first book to give national consideration to this famous phenomenon. Providing a new history of youth culture based on rare, in-depth interviews with former zoot-suiters, Luis Alvarez explores race, region, and the politics of culture in urban America during World War II. He argues that Mexican American and African American youths, along with many nisei and white youths, used popular culture to oppose accepted modes of youthful behavior, the dominance of white middle-class norms, and expectations from within their own communities.
Main Description
Flamboyant zoot suit culture, with its ties to fashion, jazz and swing music, jitterbug and lindy hop dancing, unique patterns of speech, and even risqueacute; experimentation with gender and sexuality, swept the country's youth in the 1940s.The Power of the Zootis the first book to give national consideration to this famous phenomenon. Providing a new history of youth culture based on rare, in-depth interviews with former zoot-suiters, Luis Alvarez explores race, region, and the politics of culture in urban America during World War II. He argues that Mexican American and African American youths, along with many Nisei and white youth, used popular culture to oppose accepted modes of youthful behavior, the dominance of white middle class norms, and expectations from within their own communities. This vividly written book shows how young men and women zoot suiters created a social world that challenged both segregation and conventional gender roles at the same time urban authorities, the mainstream press, and the general public often considered them outside the boundaries of the wartime national polity. Drawing from a breathtaking variety of sources,The Power of the Zootsheds new light on the cultural landscape, shifting economy, and evolving identity of America during World War II, and reveals the multi-racial roots of youth culture in the late twentieth century.
Main Description
Flamboyant zoot suit culture, with its ties to fashion, jazz and swing music, jitterbug and Lindy Hop dancing, unique patterns of speech, and even risqué experimentation with gender and sexuality, captivated the country's youth in the 1940s. The Power of the Zoot is the first book to give national consideration to this famous phenomenon. Providing a new history of youth culture based on rare, in-depth interviews with former zoot-suiters, Luis Alvarez explores race, region, and the politics of culture in urban America during World War II. He argues that Mexican American and African American youths, along with many nisei and white youths, used popular culture to oppose accepted modes of youthful behavior, the dominance of white middle-class norms, and expectations from within their own communities.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgments and Dedicationp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Dignity Denied: Youth in the Early War Years
Race and Political Economyp. 15
Class Politics and Juvenile Delinquencyp. 42
The Struggle for Dignity: Zoot Style during World War II
Zoot Style and Body Politicsp. 77
Zoots, Jazz, and Public Spacep. 113
Violence and National Belonging on the Home Front
Zoot Violence in Los Angelesp. 155
Race Riots across the United Statesp. 200
Epilogue: From Zoot Suits to Hip-Hopp. 235
Notesp. 245
Bibliographyp. 289
Indexp. 305
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