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In Search of Belonging : Latinas, Media, and Citizenship, Paperback / softback Book

In Search of Belonging : Latinas, Media, and Citizenship Paperback / softback

Part of the Latinos in Chicago and Midwest series


In Search of Belonging explores the ways Latina/o audiences in general, and women in particular, makes sense of and engage both mainstream and Spanish-language media.

Jillian M. Baez's eye-opening ethnographic analysis draws on the experiences of a diverse group of Latinas in Chicago.

In-depth interviews reveal Latinas viewing media images through a lens of citizenship.

These women search for nothing less than recognition--and belonging --through representations of Latinas in films, advertising, telenovelas, and TV shows like Ugly Betty and Modern Family.

Baez's personal interactions and research merge to create a fascinating portrait, one that privileges the perspectives of the women themselves as they consume media in complex, unpredictable ways.

Innovative and informed by a wealth of new evidence, In Search of Belonging answers important questions about the ways Latinas perform citizenship in today's America.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 202 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780252083419

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