Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture

by Cordelia Chávez Candelaria, exec. ed., Arturo J. Aldama, co-spec. ed., Peter J. García, co-spec. ed.


This 2-volume set is the first to encapsulate the breadth of Latina/Latino popular culture and its impact on the wider American culture.

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October 2004


Pages 780
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Race and Ethnicity/Latino and Hispanic Studies
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U.S. culture has been profoundly impacted by contributions from Mexico and the rest of Central America, South America, and the Spanish Caribbean. These contributions and their adaptations in the United States are showcased in nearly 500 essay entries on noted people, festivities, items, terms, movements, sports, food, events, places, visual and performing arts, film, institutions, fashion, literature, organizations, the media, and much more. The wide range of entries with many areas of unique coverage will meet the high demand for multidisciplinary use. Students and other readers will appreciate the inclusiveness of cultural groups, the gender sensitivity, and the heavy contextual grounding of the topics.

The Latino population is the fastest-growing segment of our society, and this encyclopedia is the first to focus on the breadth of their cultural expression. The up-to-date entries and authoritative information provided by a host of subject experts will make this the source to turn to for quick reference and research. Numerous photos complement the text.

Table of Contents

PrefaceHow to Use This EncyclopediaIntroductionAcknowledgmentsBoard AdvisorChronologyList of EntriesEntries by SubjectEntries of People by Field of EndeavorEntries of People by Country of Origin or HeritageEncyclopediaBibliographyIndex



No one can deny the enormous impact of Latino pop culture in this country. And with the Latino population still the fastest-growing segment of U.S. society, a solid reference on the subject is essential for all libraries.—Library Journal

[T]he present encyclopedia provides a veritable treasure store of information on all aspects of the life and achievements of this group... offers an excellent overview of the collective culture of this disparate group... A useful ten-page chronology completes this excellent publication. The encyclopedia will surely achieve the sales it deserves in academic institutions in the USA; it also deserves excellent sales elsewhere... [I]t will provide individual readers with hours of instruction and entertainment on the culture of the USA's fastest growign ethnic minority.—Reference Reviews

This encyclopedia addresses the tremendous need for information on Latino cultures.—Multicultural Review

This wide-ranging guide will serve both academic and public library collections as an excellent introduction to the culture of the largest growing section of the American population.—Lawrence Looks At Books

[T]he ^IEncyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture^R is a thoroughly researched and much-needed work with an extensive selection of Latino pop culture topics, and it nicely fills a gap in this type of literature....[t]he easy-to-use and fun-to-peruse ^IEncyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture^R wins hands-down as the choice for Latino pop culture information and would be a valuable addition to public, high school, and college libraries.—Reference & User Services Quarterly/Art Book News Annual

This comprehensive encyclopedia covers Latina and Latino popular culture, past and present, in the U.S.-music, art, food, religion, literature, movies and television, theater, holiday customs, organizations, sports, politics, and much more....This outstanding, up-to-date resource is a must-buy for all libraries that serve Latino populations.—School Library Journal

This encyclopedia fills a gap in the area of Latino studies....It works as an academic reference tool but it written so that it would be just as useful for those interested in reading about these topics for pure enjoyment. Recommended for high-school, undergraduate, and public libraries.—Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture is a fascinating 981-page portrait of the cutural life of Cuban-Americans, Puerto Rican Americans, Mexican Americans, and other Hispanics who form the fastest growing ethnicity in the United States.... Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture entries are arranged alphabetically, by subject, by field of endeavor and by country of origin or heritage, making it extrememly easy to find the person or topic desired. There is an extensive chronolgy, a bibliography, and an index, all of which make the encyclopedia a valuable resource tool. while black-and-white photos make the subjects come alive. The authors and editors have done an outstanding job of assembling this material on popular culture.—Catholic Library World

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