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A thesis submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree Master of Arts in Art History, Cecelia F. Klein, chair. This thesis refutes traditional art-historical analyses which reduce the form and function of Chicano graffiti and Chicano muralism into given divergent categories that position murals as "art" and graffiti as "vandalism." By approaching each as a cultural practice developing in and through historical discourse, they are understood to be contending systems of signification with the capacity to provide their practioners cultural representation in a political context.
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1 film reel (51 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm.
Explores the culture of Chicanos in the 1940's in Los Angeles, largely through an interview with Jose Montoya of the Royal Chicano Air Force. He describes aspects of Chicano culture such as the zoot suit, sex roles played by men and women, the emerging image of the Pachuco as gangster and the eventual rise of racial violence. Ends with a look at present Chicano culture and how Chicanos are working to recapture their past, which has been largely written out of history books.
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