The Chican@ Hip Hop Nation: Politics of a New Millennial Mestizaje

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The population of Mexican-origin peoples in the United States is a diverse one, as reflected by age, class, gender, sexuality, and religion. Far from antiquated concepts of mestizaje, recent scholarship has shown that Mexican@/Chican@ culture is a mixture of indigenous, African, and Spanish and other European peoples and cultures. No one reflects this rich blend of cultures better than Chican@ rappers, whose lyrics and iconography can help to deepen our understanding of what it means to be Chican@ or Mexican@ today. While some identify as Mexican mestizos, others identify as indigenous people or base their identities on their class and racial/ethnic makeup. No less significant is the intimate level of contact between Chican@s and black Americans. Via a firm theoretical foundation, Pancho McFarland explores the language and ethos of Chican@/Mexican@ hip hop and sheds new light on three distinct identities reflected in the music: indigenous/Mexica, Mexican nationalist/immigrant, and street hopper. With particular attention to the intersection of black and Chicano cultures, the author places exciting recent developments in music forms within the context of progressive social change, social justice, identity, and a new transnational, polycultural America.
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About the author

Pancho McFarland is Associate Professor of Sociology at Chicago State University. He was born in Illinois and raised in Raton, New Mexico, as a member of the Cortez clan.

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MSU Press
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Published on
Nov 1, 2013
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Pages
314
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ISBN
9781628950090
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Language
English
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Genres
Music / Genres & Styles / Rap & Hip Hop
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Hispanic American Studies
Social Science / General
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