Faculty Publications

Kristin C. Moran

Listening to Latina/o Youth


In light of current and projected demographic changes in the U.S., this book examines the attention paid to Latina/o youth from mainstream media conglomerates and the subsequent impact of this attention. In-depth interviews conducted within a family setting provide a rare glimpse into respondents’ media consumption patterns and process of reception, and explain the ways in which the media are woven into their daily lives. The book critiques the tendency of mainstream media to reify and contain a Latina/o identity that is then sold back to youth in ways that limit Latina/o agency. Throughout the interviews, young people articulate a hybrid identity highlighting their bicultural experiences. Listening to Latina/o Youth ultimately recommends opening up the possibilities of representation to encourage the acceptance of new voices that challenge the current modes of media production.


Kristin C. Moran is associate professor at the University of San Diego in the Department of Communication Studies. She holds a PhD from the University of Washington. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Children and Media, Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, Global Media Journal, and others.


"Whether you are a Latina/o or not, Kristin C. Moran’s accessible and engaging book offers you a lively and valuable entrée into the world of media and culture, the mediating role of the family, and what it means to juggle identities for those growing up in today’s multi-cultural world." — Dafna Lemish, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Journal of Children and Media

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