Next of Kin: The Family in Chicano/a Cultural Politics

Next of Kin: The Family in Chicano/a Cultural Politics

by Richard T. Rodríguez
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822345439

ISBN-13: 9780822345435

Pub. Date: 06/16/2009

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

As both an idea and an institution, the family has been at the heart of Chicano/a cultural politics since the Mexican American civil rights movement emerged in the late 1960s. In Next of Kin, Richard T. Rodríguez explores the competing notions of la familia found in movement-inspired literature, film, video, music, painting, and other forms of

Overview

As both an idea and an institution, the family has been at the heart of Chicano/a cultural politics since the Mexican American civil rights movement emerged in the late 1960s. In Next of Kin, Richard T. Rodríguez explores the competing notions of la familia found in movement-inspired literature, film, video, music, painting, and other forms of cultural expression created by Chicano men. Drawing on cultural studies and feminist and queer theory, he examines representations of the family that reflect and support a patriarchal, heteronormative nationalism as well as those that reconfigure kinship to encompass alternative forms of belonging.

Describing how la familia came to be adopted as an organizing strategy for communitarian politics, Rodríguez looks at foundational texts including Rodolfo Gonzales’s well-known poem “I Am Joaquín,” the Chicano Liberation Youth Conference’s manifesto El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán, and José Armas’s La Familia de La Raza. Rodríguez analyzes representations of the family in the films I Am Joaquín, Yo Soy Chicano, and Chicana; the Los Angeles public affairs television series ¡Ahora!; the experimental videos of the artist-activist Harry Gamboa Jr.; and the work of hip-hop artists such as Kid Frost and Chicano Brotherhood. He reflects on homophobia in Chicano nationalist thought, and examines how Chicano gay men have responded to it in works including Al Lujan’s video S&M in the Hood, the paintings of Eugene Rodríguez, and a poem by the late activist Rodrigo Reyes. Next of Kin is both a wide-ranging assessment of la familia’s symbolic power and a hopeful call for a more inclusive cultural politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822345435
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/16/2009
Series:
Latin America Otherwise
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

About the Series v

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Staking Family Claims 1

Reappraising the Archive 19

Shooting the Patriarch 55

The Verse of the Godfather 95

Carnal Knowledge 135

Afterword: Making Queer Familia 167

Notes 177

Bibliography 211

Discography 235

Filmography 237

Index 239

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