By Laura L. Cummings
This cutting edge examine examines the pachuco phenomenon in a brand new approach. Exploring its progress in Tucson, Arizona, the ebook combines ethnography, heritage, and sociolinguistics to contextualize the early years of the phenomenon, its varied cultural roots, and its language improvement in Tucson.
Unlike different experiences, it beneficial properties first-person examine with women and men who—despite a large span of ages—self-identify as pachucos and pachucas. via those interviews and her archival learn, the writer unearths that pachuco tradition has deep roots in Tucson and the Southwest. and she or he discovers the significance of the pachuco/caló language sort to a shared feel of pachuquismo. additional, she identifies formerly overlooked pachuco ties to indigenous Indian languages and cultures in Mexico and the United States.
Cummings stresses that the good majority of individuals conversant with the tradition and language don't sign up for the dynamics of up to date hardcore gangs, yet whereas zoot fits aren't any longer the fad at the present time, the pachuco language and sensibilities do continue to exist in Mexican American groups around the Southwest and during the United States.
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Pachucas and Pachucos in Tucson: Situated Border Lives (Southwest Center Series) by Laura L. Cummings