Encyclopedia of Latino Culture

From Calaveras to Quinceañeras

by Charles M. Tatum, Editor

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November 2013


Pages 1305
Volumes 3
Size 7x10
Topics Race and Ethnicity/Latino and Hispanic Studies

This three-volume encyclopedia describes and explains the variety and commonalities in Latina/o culture, providing comprehensive coverage of a variety of Latina/o cultural forms—popular culture, folk culture, rites of passages, and many other forms of shared expression.

In the last decade, the Latina/o population has established itself as the fastest growing ethnic group within the United States, and constitutes one of the largest minority groups in the nation. While the different Latina/o groups do have cultural commonalities, there are also many differences among them. This important work examines the historical, regional, and ethnic/racial diversity within specific traditions in rich detail, providing an accurate and comprehensive treatment of what constitutes "the Latino experience" in America.

The entries in this three-volume set provide accessible, in-depth information on a wide range of topics, covering cultural traditions including food; art, film, music, and literature; secular and religious celebrations; and religious beliefs and practices. Readers will gain an appreciation for the historical, regional, and ethnic/racial diversity within specific Latina/o traditions. Accompanying sidebars and "spotlight" biographies serve to highlight specific cultural differences and key individuals.


  • Serves as an ideal resource for research that succinctly overviews myriad topics relating to Latina/o cultural traditions that general readers and high school students will find accessible and easy to use
  • Places Latina/o traditions within a historical context to deepen comprehension of Latina/o culture
  • Provides an exploration of identity, terms, and labels as well as sidebars, "spotlight" biographies, primary documents, and suggestions for additional information
Author Info

Charles M. Tatum, PhD, is professor of Spanish and Chicano studies at the University of Arizona. He was dean of College of Humanities for 15 years. He has written and edited several books on Chicana/o literature and popular culture, including Greenwood's Lowriders in Chicano Culture: From Low to Slow to Show; Chicano Popular Culture: Que Hable el Pueblo; and Chicano and Chicana Literature: Otra voz del pueblo.Tatum is the cofounder of the journal, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture.



"In his preface to this three-volume encyclopedia, editor Tatum presents the work at hand as an introduction to the breadth of expressions of U.S. Latino culture. . . . Summing Up: Recommended."Choice

"The encyclopedia entries succeed in highlighting the variety among Latino cultures. The food and cooking section is particularly interesting in this regard. . . . [R]ecommended for high school libraries or any public or undergraduate library in need of an introductory resource on Latino culture in the United States."Booklist

"This encyclopedia provides interesting facts that are not found in other Latin American cultural histories. Therefore it makes for a very interesting read. This current set is recommended for public, school, and academic libraries, especially in areas serving Hispanic students and patrons."ARBA

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