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

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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 b ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Duke University Press Books (first published May 26th 2009)
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Anyone can tell you that family is important to Mexican and Chicano culture, and we can all venture guesses as to why. However, where exactly this family unit seems to be headed and how it has evolved in U.S. popular culture over the past 25-30 years is what Richard Rodríguez chooses to scrutinize in his study—and he does so with unexpected wit.

Rodríguez's Next of Kin is structured into four chapters framed by an introduction and an afterword. His first chapter, "Reappraising the Family Archive,
Excellent and enlightening read on the use of "family" in organizing and expressing Chicano cultural identity. Rodriguez explicates with great detail various mediums of cultural expression from visual art to rap to video to bars. Reading this book has helped train my eye (and ear) to critically encounter art and politics with in the Chicano community. The read is enlightening because not only did it introduce me to art and artists I had not yet encountered but also pushed me reexamine in a new l ...more
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