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TitleDay of the Dead in the USA: The Migration and Transformation of a Cultural Phenomenon (Latinidad: Transnational Cultures in the United States)
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Table of Contents
                            Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Transborder Communication Phenomenon
Chapter 1: An Ancient and Modern Festival
	Honoring the Dead
	Historical Background on Day of the Dead in Europe and the Americas
	Day of the Dead Customs in Various Latin American Countries
		Central America
		South America
Chapter 2: Mexico's Special Relationship with Day of the Dead
	Folk and Pop Culture Manifestations
		Calavera Imagery
		Day of the Dead and Mexican Nationalism
	Government Campaigns and Tourism
Chapter 3: Day of the Dead in the United States
	Mexican American All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day Rituals
	A Chicano Tradition Is Born
		Early Day of the Dead Exhibits and Events
		California and Beyond Adopt the New Celebration
		Negotiations over Ownership
Chapter 4: Ritual Communication and Community Building
	Imagined Community
	Communitas
	Claims for Public Recognition
Chapter 5: U.S. Day of the Dead as Political Communication: A Moral Economy
	Remembering Migrant Deaths: Protesting Operation Gatekeeper
	Remembering Labor Abuses: UFW and the Braceros
	Remembering Indigenous Struggles: Genocide and Repression
	Remembering the War Dead: A Critique of U.S. Military Interventions
	Public Celebrations as Expressions of Unity and Discord
Chapter 6: Day of the Dead in the U.S. Media: The Celebration Goes Mainstream
	Widespread Media Attention
	Reasons for Increased News Coverage
	News Coverage as a Resource for Financial and Institutional Support
	Publicity and Validation for Latino Communities
Chapter 7: The Expanding Hybridity of an Already Hybrid Tradition
	The American Way of Death
	Filling an Emotional Void
	New Participants, New Directions, and Debates around Authenticity
Chapter 8: The Commoditization of a Death Ritual
	Marketplace Offerings
		Exotic and Chic Cultural Capital
		Day of the Dead as a Tourism/Urban Development Strategy
		Longing for the Noncommercial Good Old Days (of the Dead)
		Commerce and Culture: A Long History Together
	Commercialization versus Authenticity
Conclusion: What We Can Learn from U.S. Day of the Dead Celebrations
Methodological Appendix
Notes
Glossary
References
Index
                        

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