ERIC Number: EJ760979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 108
"This Is No Slum!": A Critical Race Theory Analysis of Community Cultural Wealth in Culture Clash's "Chavez Ravine"
Yosso, Tara J.; Garcia, David G.
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v32 n1 p145-179 Spr 2007
Drawing on a critical race theory framework, this article weaves together sociology, education, history, and performance studies to challenge deficit interpretations of Pierre Bourdieu's cultural capital theory and to analyze Culture Clash's play Chavez Ravine. The play recounts a decade of Los Angeles history through the perspectives of displaced Mexican American families from three former neighborhoods of Chavez Ravine. Culture Clash's performance recovers and personifies the community cultural wealth cultivated by these families. This multifaceted portfolio of cultural assets and resources includes aspirational, linguistic, social, navigational, familial, and resistant capital. Chavez Ravine affirms the continuity of Chicana/o communities, utilizing culture as a source of strength that facilitates survival and nurtures resistance. (Contains 6 figures and 27 notes.)
Descriptors: Drama, Neighborhoods, Mexican Americans, Critical Theory, Race, History, Social Capital, Community Role, Community Support, Family (Sociological Unit), Sociology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: California