Barrio-Logos: Space and Place in Urban Chicano Literature by Raúl Homero Villa

By Raúl Homero Villa

Struggles over house and resistance to geographic displacement gave upward thrust to a lot of Chicano historical past and tradition. during this pathfinding ebook, Ra?l Villa explores how California Chicano/a writers, reporters, artists, activists, and musicians have used expressive tradition to oppose the community-destroying forces of city renewal courses and big highway improvement and to create and shield a feeling of Chicano place-identity. Villa opens with a historic evaluation that indicates how Chicano groups and tradition have built in accordance with conflicts over house ever because the usa' annexation of Mexican territory within the 1840s. Then, turning to the paintings of up to date participants of the Chicano intelligentsia corresponding to poet Lorna Dee Cervantes, novelist Ron Arias, and the paintings collective RCAF (Rebel Chicano paintings Front), Villa demonstrates how their expressive practices re-imagine and re-create the dominant city area as a neighborhood allowing position. In doing so, he illuminates the never-ending interaction within which cultural texts and practices are formed by means of and act upon their social and political contexts.

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More significant for my discursive analysis of this emer- Creative Destruction 31 gent barriological critique was the editors’ declaration of resistance to the erasure of collective social space. In calling for an organized response by the mexicano community, they made this poignant proclamation: ‘‘We still have a voice, tenacity and rights; we have not yet retired to the land of the dead’’ (May 16, 1877; quoted in Griswold del Castillo 1979 : 128–129). This statement’s integration of emotive sentiment with counterhegemonic expression would characterize much barriological discourse to follow.

McWilliams 1976 : 58–59) The consequent effects were felt in Southern California in at least two ways that were significant to the developing mexicano spaces of Los Angeles. First, 22 Barrio-Logos Los Angeles became home to many of the dispossessed Sonorans, whose substantial settlement north of the central plaza (see Fig. 5) caused the nascent barrio to be derisively dubbed ‘‘Sonora Town’’ by Anglo Angelenos. Second, the horrific violations of Mexican human rights in the northern counties spurred a wave of Mexican social banditry in the north and south.

Similarly, the effects of this private-cum-public city-building proved especially damaging to the well-being of the growing mexicano community and their residential spaces. The conditions were set, then, for the next ‘‘modern’’ cycle of the barrioization-barriology dialectic. STRUCTURING THE PUBLIC SPHERE AND THE COUNTER – PUBLIC SPHERE Ethnicity, Zoning, and the Emerging Wonder City As the Anglo-American population swelled to incredible volume, the mexicano community kept proportionate pace with this general growth.

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