Gender and Violence in the Postindustrial Barrio
216 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
Sales Date: June 1, 2008
Powered by a driving beat, clever lyrics, and assertive attitudes, rap music and hip hop culture have engrossed American youth since the mid-1980s. Although the first rappers were African Americans, rap and hip hop culture quickly spread to other ethnic groups who have added their own cultural elements to the music. Chicano Rap offers the first in-depth look at how Chicano/a youth have adopted and adapted rap music and hip hop culture to express their views on gender and violence, as well as on how Chicano/a youth fit into a globalizing world.
Pancho McFarland examines over five hundred songs and seventy rap artists from all the major Chicano rap regions—San Diego, San Francisco and Northern California, Texas, and Chicago and the Midwest. He discusses the cultural, political, historical, and economic contexts in which Chicano rap has emerged and how these have shaped the violence and misogyny often expressed in Chicano rap and hip hop. In particular, he argues that the misogyny and violence of Chicano rap are direct outcomes of the "patriarchal dominance paradigm" that governs human relations in the United States. McFarland also explains how globalization, economic restructuring, and the conservative shift in national politics have affected Chicano/a youth and Chicano rap. He concludes with a look at how Xicana feminists, some Chicano rappers, and other cultural workers are striving to reach Chicano/a youth with a democratic, peaceful, empowering, and liberating message.
This study of Chicano rap music is truly a first of its kind. . . . a single-focus study on Chicano rap, its musicians and politics, and how rap and hip hop is a musical counter-narrative to the disenfranchisement of working class barrios. This book has strong potential to have crossover appeal to scholars in popular music, Chicano studies, urban studies, and American studies.~Arturo Aldama, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director of the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America, University of Colorado, Boulder
- Introduction: A Hip-Hop Project
- Chapter One. Reading Chicano Rap: The Patriarchal Dominance Paradigm in the Postindustrial Barrio
- Chapter Two. Chicano Rap Primer: A Guide to Artists and Genres
- Chapter Three. Machos y Malas Mujeres: The Gendered Image
- Chapter Four. Sexual Agency in Chicana Rap: JV Versus Ms. Sancha
- Chapter Five. Violence and Chicano Rap: Mirror of a Belligerent Society
- Chapter Six. The Chicano Rap on Globalization
- Chapter Seven. Confronting Dominance and Constructing Relationships with Young People