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Latino/a Mobility in California History

Genevieve Carpio, Javier Cienfuegos, Ivonne Gonzalez, Karen Lazcano, Katherine Lee Berry, Joshua Mandell, Christofer Rodelo, Alfonso Toro, Authors

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El Teatro Campesino embrace their lack of extensive resources to form an aesthetics of the farmworker-class in order to create a theater that relates to their audiences and allows them a heightened degree of mobility for the sake of improved political mobilization. La Carpa de los Rasquachis compounds the aesthetics of rasquachismo with the traditions and narrative structures of the Mexican carpa tradition. In La Carpa de los Rasquachis, El Teatro Campesino treat the theme of mobility in the Mexican community extensively; they comment in particular on moments of restricted mobility, where the authority of the state, businesses, or poverty play a role in keeping the protagonist and his family stagnant (either physically or figuratively). In highlighting these key moments of restricted mobility, they point to specific historical phenomena that are presented in a variety of historical texts found in the course's syllabus.
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