Homegirls in the Public Sphere

  • Filename: homegirls-in-the-public-sphere.
  • ISBN: 9780292778573
  • Release Date: 2010-01-01
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Marie "Keta" Miranda
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press

Girls in gangs are usually treated as objects of public criticism and rejection. Seldom are they viewed as objects worthy of understanding and even more rarely are they allowed to be active subjects who craft their own public persona—which is what makes this work unique. In this book, Marie "Keta" Miranda presents the results of an ethnographic collaboration with Chicana gang members, in which they contest popular and academic representations of Chicana/o youth and also construct their own narratives of self identity through a documentary film, It's a Homie Thang! In telling the story of her research in the Fruitvale community of Oakland, California, Miranda honestly reveals how even a sympathetic ethnographer from the same ethnic group can objectify the subjects of her study. She recounts how her project evolved into a study of representation and its effects in the public sphere as the young women spoke out about how public images of their lives rarely come close to the reality. As Miranda describes how she listened to the gang members and collaborated in the production of their documentary, she sheds new light on the politics of representation and ethnography, on how inner city adolescent Chicanas present themselves to various publics, and on how Chicana gangs actually function.

The Woman in the Zoot Suit

  • Filename: the-woman-in-the-zoot-suit.
  • ISBN: 9780822388647
  • Release Date: 2010-07-01
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Catherine S. Ramírez
  • Publisher: Duke University Press

The Mexican American woman zoot suiter, or pachuca, often wore a V-neck sweater or a long, broad-shouldered coat, a knee-length pleated skirt, fishnet stockings or bobby socks, platform heels or saddle shoes, dark lipstick, and a bouffant. Or she donned the same style of zoot suit that her male counterparts wore. With their striking attire, pachucos and pachucas represented a new generation of Mexican American youth, which arrived on the public scene in the 1940s. Yet while pachucos have often been the subject of literature, visual art, and scholarship, The Woman in the Zoot Suit is the first book focused on pachucas. Two events in wartime Los Angeles thrust young Mexican American zoot suiters into the media spotlight. In the Sleepy Lagoon incident, a man was murdered during a mass brawl in August 1942. Twenty-two young men, all but one of Mexican descent, were tried and convicted of the crime. In the Zoot Suit Riots of June 1943, white servicemen attacked young zoot suiters, particularly Mexican Americans, throughout Los Angeles. The Chicano movement of the 1960s–1980s cast these events as key moments in the political awakening of Mexican Americans and pachucos as exemplars of Chicano identity, resistance, and style. While pachucas and other Mexican American women figured in the two incidents, they were barely acknowledged in later Chicano movement narratives. Catherine S. Ramírez draws on interviews she conducted with Mexican American women who came of age in Los Angeles in the late 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s as she recovers the neglected stories of pachucas. Investigating their relative absence in scholarly and artistic works, she argues that both wartime U.S. culture and the Chicano movement rejected pachucas because they threatened traditional gender roles. Ramírez reveals how pachucas challenged dominant notions of Mexican American and Chicano identity, how feminists have reinterpreted la pachuca, and how attention to an overlooked figure can disclose much about history making, nationalism, and resistant identities.

Home Girls Make Some Noise

  • Filename: home-girls-make-some-noise.
  • ISBN: 1600430104
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 495
  • Author: Gwendolyn D. Pough
  • Publisher: Parker Pub Llc

"Includes critical essays, cultural critiques, interviews, personal narratives, fiction, poetry, and artwork."--P. [4] of cover.

Check it While I Wreck it

  • Filename: check-it-while-i-wreck-it.
  • ISBN: 1555536085
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 265
  • Author: Gwendolyn D. Pough
  • Publisher: UPNE

Looks at women involved in hip-hop culture, describing their motivations, identitites, aims, and actions.

The Second Gold Rush

  • Filename: the-second-gold-rush.
  • ISBN: 0520918436
  • Release Date: 1994-02-08
  • Number of pages: 328
  • Author: Marilynn S. Johnson
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

More than any event in the twentieth century, World War II marked the coming of age of America's West Coast cities. Almost overnight, new war industries prompted the mass urban migration and development that would trigger lasting social, cultural, and political changes. For the San Francisco Bay Area, argues Marilynn Johnson, the changes brought by World War II were as dramatic as those brought by the gold rush a century earlier. Focusing on Oakland, Richmond, and other East Bay shipyard boomtowns, Johnson chronicles the defense buildup, labor migration from the South and Midwest, housing issues, and social and racial conflicts that pitted newcomers against longtime Bay Area residents. She follows this story into the postwar era, when struggles over employment, housing, and civil rights shaped the urban political landscape for the 1950s and beyond. She also traces the cultural legacy of war migration and shows how Southern religion and music became an integral part of Bay Area culture. Johnson's sources are wide-ranging and include shipyard records, labor histories, police reports, and interviews. Her findings place the war's human drama at center stage and effectively recreate the texture of daily life in workplace, home, and community. Enriched by the photographs of Dorothea Lange and others, The Second Gold Rush makes an important contribution to twentieth-century urban studies as well as to California history.

Reading Ethnography

  • Filename: reading-ethnography.
  • ISBN: 079140546X
  • Release Date: 1991
  • Number of pages: 138
  • Author: David Jacobson
  • Publisher: SUNY Press

This book presents a model for analyzing and evaluating ethnographic arguments. It examines the relationship between the claims anthropologists make about human behavior and the data they use to warrant them. Jacobson analyzes the textual organization of ethnographies, focusing on the ways in which problems, interpretations, and data are put together. He examines in detail a limited number of well-known ethnographic cases, which are selected to illustrate basic theoretical frameworks and modes of analysis. By advancing a method for assessing ethnographic accounts, the book contributes to the current debate on the role of rhetoric and reflexivity in anthropology.

Anthropological Filmmaking

  • Filename: anthropological-filmmaking.
  • ISBN: 3718604787
  • Release Date: 1988-01-01
  • Number of pages: 396
  • Author: Jack R. Rollwagen
  • Publisher: Psychology Press

First Published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

meXicana Encounters

  • Filename: mexicana-encounters.
  • ISBN: 0520937287
  • Release Date: 2003-12-04
  • Number of pages: 238
  • Author: Rosa Linda Fregoso
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

meXicana Encounters charts the dynamic and contradictory representation of Mexicanas and Chicanas in culture. Rosa Linda Fregoso's deft analysis of the cultural practices and symbolic forms that shape social identities takes her across a wide and varied terrain. Among the subjects she considers are the recent murders and disappearances of women in Ciudad Juárez; transborder feminist texts that deal with private, domestic forms of violence; how films like John Sayles's Lone Star re-center white masculinity; and the significance of la familia to the identity of Chicanas/os and how it can subordinate gender and sexuality to masculinity and heterosexual roles. Fregoso's self-reflexive approach to cultural politics embraces the movement for social justice and offers new insights into the ways that racial and gender differences are inscribed in cultural practices.

Women on War

  • Filename: women-on-war.
  • ISBN: 1558614095
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 375
  • Author: Daniela Gioseffi
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY

Presents an anthology of writings by over 150 women on the subject of war and peace.

Tattoos on the Heart

  • Filename: tattoos-on-the-heart.
  • ISBN: 9781439153154
  • Release Date: 2011-02-08
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Greg Boyle
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Father Boyle started Homeboy Industries nearly 20 years ago, which has served members of more than half of the gangs in Los Angeles. This collection presents parables about kinship and the sacredness of life drawn from Boyle's years of working with gangs.


  • Filename: maravilla.
  • ISBN: UTEXAS:059173023654770
  • Release Date: 1989
  • Number of pages: 233
  • Author: Laura Del Fuego
  • Publisher:

Tells the tale of a young Chicana making her way through turbulent times. It is a story about coming of age in the barrio, discovering one's self in the midst of chaos and trying to make sense of a troubled life.

Laughing Mad

  • Filename: laughing-mad.
  • ISBN: 0813539854
  • Release Date: 2007-01
  • Number of pages: 274
  • Author: Bambi Haggins
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Prior to the civil rights movement, comedians performed for audiences that were clearly delineated by race. Black comedians performed for black audiences and white comedians performed for whites. Yet during the past forty-five years, black comics have become progressively more central to mainstream culture. In Laughing Mad, Bambi Haggins looks at how this transition occurred in a variety of media and shows how this integration has paved the way for black comedians and their audiences to affect each other. Historically, African American performers have been able to use comedy as a pedagogic tool, interjecting astute observations about race relations while the audience is laughing. And yet, Haggins makes the convincing argument that the potential of African American comedy remains fundamentally unfulfilled as the performance of blackness continues to be made culturally digestible for mass consumption. Rather than presenting biographies of individual performers, Haggins focuses on the ways in which the comic persona is constructed and changes across media, from stand-up, to the small screen, to film. She examines the comic televisual and cinematic personae of Dick Gregory, Bill Cosby, Flip Wilson, and Richard Pryor and considers how these figures set the stage for black comedy in the next four decades. She reads Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock as emblematic of the first and second waves of postcivil rights era African American comedy, and she looks at the socio-cultural politics of Whoopi Goldbergs comic persona through the lens of gender and crossover. Laughing Mad also explores how the comedy of Dave Chappelle speaks to and for the post-soul generation. A rigorous analytic analysis, this book interrogates notions of identity, within both the African American community and mainstream popular culture. Written in engaging and accessible prose, it is also a book that will travel from the seminar room, to the barbershop, to the kitchen table, allowing readers to experience the sketches, stand-up, and film comedies with all the laughter they deserve.

Sister Citizen

  • Filename: sister-citizen.
  • ISBN: 9780300165418
  • Release Date: 2011-09-20
  • Number of pages: 378
  • Author: Melissa V. Harris-Perry
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

DIVFrom a highly respected thinker on race, gender, and American politics, a new consideration of black women and how distorted stereotypes affect their political beliefs/div

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