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Greasers and Gringos Steven W. Bender

Greasers and Gringos By Steven W. Bender

Greasers and Gringos by Steven W. Bender

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A lawyer criticizes media portrayals of latino/as because it leads to unfair judgements in the court system.This is an important look at stereotyping in American culture.

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Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination by Steven W. Bender

Although the origin of the term greaser is debated, its derogatory meaning never has been. From silent movies like The Greaser's Revenge (1914) and The Girl and the Greaser (1913) with villainous title characters, to John Steinbeck's portrayals of Latinos as lazy, drunken, and shiftless in his 1935 novel Tortilla Flat, to the image of violent, criminal, drug-using gang members of East LA, negative stereotypes of Latinos/as have been plentiful in American popular culture far before Latinos/as became the most populous minority group in the U.S.
In Greasers and Gringos, Steven W. Bender examines and surveys these stereotypes and their evolution, paying close attention to the role of mass media in their perpetuation. Focusing on the intersection between stereotypes and the law, Bender reveals how these negative images have contributed significantly to the often unfair treatment of Latino/as under American law by the American legal system. He looks at the way demeaning constructions of Latinos/as influence their legal treatment by police, prosecutors, juries, teachers, voters, and vigilantes. He also shows how, by internalizing negative social images, Latinos/as and other subordinated groups view themselves and each other as inferior.
Although fighting against cultural stereotypes can be a daunting task, Bender reminds us that, while hard to break, they do not have to be permanent. Greasers and Gringos begins the charge of debunking existing stereotypes and implores all Americans to re-imagine Latinos/as as legal and social equals.

Greasers and Gringos Reviews

Greasers and Gringos is a typically insightful work by one of the most creative critical writers of our time. -- Berta Esperanza Hernandez-Truyol,University of Florida College of Law
A hopeful and empowering challenge to those who work to transform American life. -- Gerald Torres,University of Texas School of Law
Greasers and Gringos is a typically insightful work by one of the most creative critical writers of our time. -- Berta Esperanza Hernandez-Truyol,University of Florida
Is any society able to exist free of stereotypes? Steven Bender tackles the question head on as he dissects the cornucopia of Latino types, prototypes, and archetypes that populate our mendacious imagination. His answer takes us into the realms of politics, jurisprudence, and cartoons. It involves an attack on poverty, a strive for an equal, more honest educational system, and the 'reinvention' of the future tense in American English. Let Bender challenge your ignorance! -- Ilan Stavans,author of The Hispanic Condition and On Borrowed Words
Bender's got a noble goal: to show that the stereotypes Americans heap on Latino immigrants don't just make for rude conversation, they directly shape policy decisions. The book compellingly articulates just how deeply ingrained the images of lazy, thieving, drunkard Latinos and sexually voracious, fertile Latinas are in American culture * City Limits *

About Steven W. Bender

Steven W. Bender is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives at Seattle University School of Law. He is the author of Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from US History (NYU Press, 2015), Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings (NYU Press, 2012), Tierra y Libertad: Land, Liberty, and Latino Housing (NYU Press, 2010), and Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination (NYU Press, 2003).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Preface1 The Con?uence of Stereotype and Law 2 Latinas/os in the American Imagination 3 Centering Latina/o Stereotypes in Those of Other Groups 4 Greasers and Gangsters: Latinas/os and Crime 5 Manana (Is Soon Enough for Me): Fertility and Welfare6 In the U.S.A., It's English or Adios Amigo: Latina/o Assimilation 7 One of the Smart Ones: Latina/o (Un)Intelligence 8 No Mexicans or Dogs Allowed: Subhumanity 9 Gringos in the Latina/o Imagination 10 Latinas/os in the Mirror: Intra-/Interethnic Glimpses 11 Eradicating Stereotypes: Community-Based Strategies of Media Counterspeech and Protest 12 Mi Familia as Counterspeech 13 Eradicating Stereotypes: The Collision of Legal Strategies with the First Amendment 14 Beyond Stereotype: Movement toward Social ChangeNotes Index About the Author

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Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination by Steven W. Bender
New York University Press
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