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10: Cultural Productions

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    Learning Objectives


    This chapter explores the production, distribution, and reception of culture among Chicanx and Latinx communities. We will begin by operating conceptualizations of identity, community, and social movements in the context of culture and performance. Culture travels far and wide, and the transnational Latin American music scene is deeply influential for Chicanx and Latinx communities as well as cultures around the world. In this chapter, we will learn from artists and producers in places like Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, and more. Cultural productions include all kinds of items, events, and activities, such as news, radio, art, music, television, film, video games, clothing, and theater. All of these activities communicate values, narratives, and beliefs that sustain cultural practices. Further, with the widespread use of social media, culture and content are created and distributed in wide-spanning networks. 

    Cultural productions (e.g. news, radio, art, music, tv, film, etc.) and social movements will be analyzed to understand how they are reflective of Latina/o/x ethnic identity. Special attention will also be paid to how gender, race, immigration, and sexuality are embedded in cultural attitudes and expressions.

    • 10.1: Chicanx and Latinx Identities and Culture
      This section focuses on frameworks for cultural analysis within Chicanx and Latinx studies. It begins by highlighting the significance of culture as a system of shared meaning, encompassing various aspects such as language, art, music, food, religion, and ceremonies. The media is identified as a crucial institution within culture, while pop culture refers to cultural practices produced and distributed for mass audiences.
    • 10.2: Chicanx and Latinx Storytelling
      This section explores the role of narratives, identity, and media within Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. It highlights the historical use of cultural tools such as storytelling and self-produced media to foster a sense of community and pride in one's identity. Oral traditions and written stories have played a significant role in conveying traditions, culture, and meaning across generations.
    • 10.3: National and Transnational Rhythmic Formations
      This section explores regional and local styles in Chicanx and Latinx music and dance. These styles showcase pride in identity and heritage through the use of regionally specific instruments, rhythms, melodies, and themes. Music and dance play a significant role in the development of Chicano identity and political movements.
    • 10.4: Television and Film
      This section discusses the representation of Chicanx and Latinx individuals on screen, focusing on television and film. The concept of image analysis is introduced as a way to examine the racial politics and ideological messages conveyed by media texts. The section highlights media representation, Latina icons, and children's media as sites of shared meaning making.
    • 10.5: Cultural Productions in Practice
      This section explores the ways in which culture influences politics and society, with a specific focus on activist forms of culture within Chicanx and Latinx communities. Artivism, the combination of art and activism, plays a crucial role in mobilizing social movements by communicating demands, claims, and critiques to various audiences.
    • 10.6: Conclusion

    This page titled 10: Cultural Productions is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Mario Alberto Viveros Espinoza-Kulick (ASCCC Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI)) .