ERIC Number: ED173006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Chicano Studies and Chicanismo.
Luevano, Richard L.
The Chicano Movement acts as a revitalization movement for involved individuals. Revitalization occurs when an individual perceives himself as part of a broader group, becomes aware of the problems confronting the group, and decides to do something to rectify the situation. This process begins with a crisis situation which overcomes the individual's present but unsatisfactory Mexican American mentality (e.g., when the problems facing Mexican Americans become intolerable). Such mental emancipation is a necessary step toward the evolution of a Chicano mentality. As the individual experiences his emancipation, social change begins, as is evidenced by the many Chicano strategies and movements of the 1960's and early 1970's. However, many of the social conditions previously stressful to Mexican Americans (the Viet Nam war, United Farm Workers problems, lack of bilingual education) have been defused and individual involvement in the Chicano Movement has consequently declined. It is the responsibility of those involved in Chicano Studies to take an active role in the development of Chicano mentality and the perpetuation of social change by exposing the Establishment's continuing suppression of the Mexican American. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chicano Movement; Chicano Studies; Chicanos