Velvet Barrios

Popular Culture and Chicana/o Sexualities

  • Editors
  • Alicia Gaspar de Alba

Part of the New Directions in Latino American Cultures book series (NDLAC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. A Barrio Altar: Heroes & Icons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Arturo Madrid
      Pages 17-40
    3. Gabriel S. Estrada
      Pages 41-60
  3. Mythic Barrios: Cultural Myths

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Laura Gutiérrez
      Pages 63-74
    3. Ralph Rodríguez
      Pages 75-88
    4. Dionne Espinoza
      Pages 89-106
    5. Richard T. Rodríguez
      Pages 107-122
  4. Barrio Rites: Popular Rituals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Eric Avila
      Pages 125-139
    3. Karen Mary Davalos
      Pages 141-162
    4. Miguel A. Segovia
      Pages 163-178
    5. Denise Michelle Sandoval
      Pages 179-196
  5. Border Barrios: “A Tradition of Long Walks”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Alicia Gaspar de Alba
      Pages 199-213
    3. Domino Renee Pérez
      Pages 229-247
  6. Velvet Barrios: Este-reo-tipos/Stereotypes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Deena J. González
      Pages 251-264
    3. María P. Figueroa
      Pages 265-282
    4. M. Teresa Marrero
      Pages 283-294
    5. Catrióna Rueda Esquibél
      Pages 295-307
  7. A Barrio Comic: (Introducing …)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Oscar “The Oz” Madrigal
      Pages 311-321
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 323-327

About this book


In Chicana/o popular culture, nothing signifies the working class, highly-layered, textured, and metaphoric sensibility known as "rasquache aesthetic" more than black velvet art. The essays in this volume examine that aesthetic by looking at icons, heroes, cultural myths, popular rituals, and border issues as they are expressed in a variety of ways. The contributors dialectically engage methods of popular cultural studies with discourses of gender, sexuality, identity politics, representation, and cultural production. In addition to a hagiography of "locas santas," the book includes studies of the sexual politics of early Chicana activists in the Chicano youth movement, the representation of Latina bodies in popular magazines, the stereotypical renderings of recipe books and calendar art, the ritual performance of Mexican femaleness in the quinceañera, and mediums through which Chicano masculinity is measured.


Cultural Studies culture gender identity methods Nation nationalism politics poverty Presse Ritual Tradition women Tradition women

Bibliographic information