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Author Davis, Robert Con, 1948- author

Title Mestizos come home! : making and claiming Mexican American identity / Robert Con Davis-Undiano
Published Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 312 pages)
Series Chicana & Chicano visions of the Américas series ; 19
Chicana & Chicano visions of the Américas ; 19
Contents Introduction: Mestizos, Come Home! -- Part I. Critiquing the Spanish Colonial Legacy -- The Casta Tradition and Mestizos in New Spain -- In Search of Mestizo Identity across the Americas -- Part II. Remapping the Mestizo Community -- There's No Place Like Aztlan : Land, the Southwest, and Rudolfo Anaya -- Remapping Community : Cinco de Mayo, Lowrider Car Culture, and the Day of the Dead -- Recovering the Body : Literature, Painting, and Sculpture -- Part III. The Literary Response -- Tom's Rivera and the Chicano Voice -- Write Home! : Chicano Literature, Chicano Studies, and Resolana -- Conclusion: A Better Future for America
Summary "Chronicles important ways Mexican Americans have changed American culture for the better since the 1960s including attitudes towards mestizo (mixed-race) identity and the creation of a new cultural 'voice, ' debates over land policy, innovations in popular culture, the Mesoamerican view of the human body, and the rise of Chicano literature and Chicano Studies"-- Provided by publisher
"Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano has described U.S. and Latin American culture as continually hobbled by amnesia--unable, or unwilling, to remember the influence of mestizos and indigenous populations. In Mestizos Come Home! author Robert Con Davis-Undiano documents the great awakening of Mexican American and Latino culture since the 1960s that has challenged this omission in collective memory. He maps a new awareness of the United States as intrinsically connected to the broader context of the Americas. At once native and new to the American Southwest, Mexican Americans have 'come home' in a profound sense: they have reasserted their right to claim that land and U.S. culture as their own. Mestizos Come Home! explores key areas of change that Mexican Americans have brought to the United States. These areas include the recognition of mestizo identity, especially its historical development across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the re-emergence of indigenous relationships to land; and the promotion of Mesoamerican conceptions of the human body. Clarifying and bridging critical gaps in cultural history, Davis-Undiano considers important artifacts from the past and present, connecting the casta (caste) paintings of eighteenth-century Mexico to modern-day artists including John Valadez, Alma Lopez, and Luis A. Jimenez Jr. He also examines such community celebrations as Day of the Dead, Cinco de Mayo, and lowrider car culture as examples of mestizo influence on mainstream American culture. Woven throughout is the search for meaning and understanding of mestizo identity. A large-scale landmark account of Mexican American culture, Mestizos Come Home! shows that mestizos are essential to U.S. national culture. As an argument for social justice and a renewal of America's democratic ideals, this book marks a historical cultural homecoming"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 21, 2017)
Subject American literature -- Mexican American authors -- History and criticism
Community life -- United States
Mestizos -- United States -- Ethnic identity
Mexican Americans -- Ethnic identity
Mexican Americans -- Intellectual life
Mexican Americans -- Social life and customs
American literature -- Mexican American authors.
Community life.
Ethnic relations.
HISTORY -- United States -- 20th Century.
Mestizos -- Ethnic identity.
Mexican Americans -- Ethnic identity.
Mexican Americans -- Intellectual life.
Mexican Americans -- Social life and customs.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Ethnic Studies -- Hispanic American Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
United States -- Ethnic relations
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0806158077 (electronic bk.)
9780806158075 (electronic bk.)