Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Cultural Politics of U.S. ImmigrationGender, Race, and Media$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Leah Perry

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479828777

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479828777.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Over-Looking Difference

Over-Looking Difference

Amnesty and the Rise of Latina/o Pop Culture

(p.173) 5 Over-Looking Difference
The Cultural Politics of U.S. Immigration

Leah Perry

NYU Press

This chapter links the celebration of Latina/o culture and especially Latina bodies in the 1990s explosion of Latina/o pop culture to democratic rhetoric surrounding the Immigration Reform and Control Act’s amnesty program. Media framed Latina/o stars as immigrants in celebratory manner, while amnesty was touted as a democratic watershed for undocumented immigrants who were mostly of Mexican descent. The chapter argues that in affectively mobilizing the “nation of immigrants” discourse to portray America as the globally exceptional guarantor of democratic rights and equal access to economic mobility, both the Latina/o Explosion and amnesty erased the material realities of immigration, sexism, and racism. It considers the appropriation of the language of feminism and multiculturalism in each case in order to show that with a cosmetic rather than redistributive equality, both “nation of immigrants” strains powerfully masked the exploitation and violence that are constitutive of neoliberalism.

Keywords:   immigration, amnesty, Latina/o, pop culture, neoliberalism, undocumented immigrants, Latina/o Explosion, feminism, multiculturalism, nation of immigrants

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.