By B. V. Olguín
During this groundbreaking learn in response to archival study approximately Chicana and Chicano prisoners--known as Pintas and Pintos--as good as clean interpretations of works through well known Pinta and Pinto authors and activists, B. V. Olgu?n presents an important insights into the critical roles that incarceration and the incarcerated have performed within the evolution of Chicana/o heritage, cultural paradigms, and oppositional political praxis. this can be the 1st textual content on prisoners usually, and Chicana/o and Latina/o prisoners specifically, that offers a number case reviews from the 19th century to the current. Olgu?n areas a number of techniques in discussion in the course of the pairing of representational figures within the background of Chicana/o incarceration with particular subject matters and subject matters. Case experiences at the first nineteenth-century Chicana prisoner in San Quentin nation legal, Modesta Avila; popular late-twentieth-century Chicano poets Ra?l Salinas, Ricardo S?nchez, and Jimmy Santiago Baca; lesser-known Chicana pinta and writer Judy Lucero; and notorious Chicano drug baron and social bandit Fred G?mez Carrasco are aligned with issues from pop culture equivalent to prisoner tattoo paintings and handkerchief paintings, Hollywood Chicana/o gangxploitation and the prisoner movie American Me, and prisoner schooling initiatives. Olgu?n offers a clean severe interrogation of Chicana/o subaltern corporation, which too frequently is well known as unambiguously resistant and oppositional. As such, this examine demanding situations long-held presumptions approximately Chicana/o cultures of resistance and proposes vital explorations of the advanced and contradictory courting among Chicana/o service provider and beliefs.
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Hobsbawm situates them between common thieves, whom La Pinta | 15 he characterizes as individualist opportunists, and revolutionaries who seek to transform an entire political economic order instead of simply seeking redress and reform. These foundational studies in Chicana/o historiography and criminology also fail to differentiate the many types of criminal acts or provide a convincing general theory of Chicana/o criminality. Nor do they account for the reification of the Chicana/o lumpen segment for whom crime—from common property offenses to various types of vice and crimes of violence—forms an integral component of prisoner subcultures.
This study thus is grounded in prison or, more precisely, the political and cultural economy of the prison. But my attention to prisons and prisoners also is an attempt to map the intersections between the inside and outside. , a grassroots organization of primarily Mexican immigrant and Chicana women who initially formed to protest the construction of a jail in their neighborhood. They built upon their successes to take on broader social and political causes. ” Extending and problematizing Monica Brown’s claim that Latina/o gang members express a “love/hate relationship” with the United States, I argue that Chicana/o criminal and prisoner agency is complex: it is hegemonic and counterhegemonic—and sometimes both simultaneously.
Her research is particularly significant because it recognizes the uniqueness of Chicana/o prisoner life and culture, even if her study only offers a preliminary assessment of the contours of this culture. Moore also collaborated with Chicana/o prisoners in developing alternative policy recommendations based on (primarily male) Chicano prisoner self-help organizational models that further distinguish her work from standard, detached sociological studies. Contemporaneous with, but separate from, this initiative, R.