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Citizenship ExcessLatino/as, Media, and the Nation$
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Hector Amaya

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708453

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708453.001.0001

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Toward a Latino Critique of Public Sphere Theory

Toward a Latino Critique of Public Sphere Theory

(p.41) 1 Toward a Latino Critique of Public Sphere Theory
Citizenship Excess

Hector Amaya

NYU Press

This chapter describes the Latino/a public sphere—spaces for deliberation such as politics, media, and so on where people can come together and positively influence the nation-state. Even though Latinos accounted for less than one percent of the elected officials in the nation (significantly lower than their 10 percent share of the electable population) they have significant access to Spanish-language media (SLM). The SML's economic and cultural power—which includes the fifth-largest television network in the nation, half a dozen other TV networks, hundreds of radio stations, hundreds of newspapers, and significant presence on the Web—serves as the Latino platform to voice their perspective and influence general public opinion.

Keywords:   Latino public sphere, Latina public sphere, nation-state, elected officials, cultural resource, cultural power, Spanish-language media

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