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The Sounds of LatinidadImmigrants Making Music and Creating Culture in a Southern City$
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Samuel K. Byrd

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479859405

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479859405.001.0001

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Charlotte, a Globalizing City

Charlotte, a Globalizing City

(p.17) 1 Charlotte, a Globalizing City
The Sounds of Latinidad

Samuel K. Byrd

NYU Press

This chapter introduces Charlotte, North Carolina, as a city and a place where Latina/o immigrants have settled. Starting with recent studies that position Charlotte as a “globalizing city” in a region (the U.S. South) experiencing globalization, it presents a brief labor history of the city and region and then focuses on the Central Avenue corridor, a thoroughfare that passes through several Latino neighborhoods and a place of concentrated ethnic businesses, including music venues. The contemporary southern U.S. city must be understood in terms of struggles over immigration and the “right to the city” that have come to the forefront of current politics, the vulnerability of immigrant populations within this setting, and the momentous economic shifts that have occurred over the past decades resulting in Charlotte's rise as a center of financial industry.

Keywords:   Charlotte, North Carolina, Latina immigrants, Latino immigrants, globalization, labor history, southern U.S. city, immigrant populations

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