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This book examines Latino news making as part of a larger narrative - the cultural productions and conceptions of Latinos. The author traces historical and commercial contexts of Latino orientated news production, beginning with late 19th century and early 20th century US Spanish language newspapers, examines the production of contemporary Latino news, and postulates future developments in the field.

History and Context
History and context

Cultural identities come from somewhere, have histories. But like everything that is historical, they undergo constant transformation. Far from being eternally fixed in some essentialist past, they are subject to the continuous “play” of history, culture and power. Far from being grounded in the mere “recovery” of the past … identities are the names we give to the different ways we are positioned by, and position ourselves within, the narratives of the past. (Hall, 1990, p. 224)

The next three chapters offer a historical framing of the cultural, commercial, and political processes that are the making of Latino news. Three principal threads run through Latino journalism over time and across media. One is that of cultural resistance to the dominant culture. ...

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