CHICANO 10B Chapter 4: Spaces of Conflict: Sounds of Solidarity

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TEXT CITATION: Johnson, Theresa Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity.
2013
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Within Chicano, Black, and Brown communities, punk music
and arts emerged as not only a way to self express against
oppression experienced in Los Angeles in the late 70’s and into
the 90’s, but also as a means to make their own histories
relevant. This punk movement was truly a way of articulating
the reality of politically neglected demographics, hence the
chapter was appropriately titled, “Teeth- Gritting Harmony.”
What is the main
question or questions
that this author is
trying to answer?
What were the origins of the punk movement in Los Angeles
towards the late 1970s?
How did the arts act as a direct response to federal and city
policies?
What were some of the influences on Black/Brown/Chicanx
punk during this cultural movement?
What kind of
approach does the
author use to answer
their questions/what
discipline are they
coming from?
The author inundate the reader with facts to prove her points.
Additionally, the use of quotes from individual artists helps give
a personal connection to the time period, as well as a factual
comprehension of the time.
She comes from a background of studying and writing about
African and Chicanx studies, as well as spatial politics.
What important
concepts or theories
are presented?
The chapter was very clear about stating how Reaganomics
created more problems than economic prosperity for people of
color and immigrants in the Los Angeles area in the 1980s.
Consequently, the emergence of punk music, and hip hop gave
the neglected people a voice, and importance.
What is the author’s
main argument or
conclusions?
Such said groups were able to voice their outcry and rage
during this very difficult time for their people. (Johnson 161)
Though their power was oppressed and limited in this era, their
identities were fully present.
What relevance does
this text have to
current events? Other
texts for this week?
Unfortunately, I think the government not working for a
particular demographic is a timeless theme, as is the cultural
response and interpretation of such oppression. One artist I
really enjoy who “releases his rage in a calculated manner”- as
professor Johnson articulates it- is K’Naan. His single
“Immigrants” was released on a Hamilton
affiliated mixtape,
and it directly addresses the way that the United States turns
its back on foreign people from the perspective of an outsider.
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Text citation: johnson, theresa spaces of conflict, sounds of solidarity. This punk movement was truly a way of articulating the reality of politically neglected demographics, hence the chapter was appropriately titled, teeth- gritting harmony. The author inundate the reader with facts to prove her points. Additionally, the use of quotes from individual artists helps give a personal connection to the time period, as well as a factual comprehension of the time. She comes from a background of studying and writing about. African and chicanx studies, as well as spatial politics. The chapter was very clear about stating how reaganomics created more problems than economic prosperity for people of color and immigrants in the los angeles area in the 1980s. Consequently, the emergence of punk music, and hip hop gave the neglected people a voice, and importance. Such said groups were able to voice their outcry and rage during this very difficult time for their people. (johnson 161)

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