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Mythohistorical InterventionsThe Chicano Movement and Its Legacies$
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Lee Bebout

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670864

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670864.001.0001

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Locating the Mythohistorical

Locating the Mythohistorical

Three Tales in the Struggle for Hegemony

(p.33) Chapter 1 Locating the Mythohistorical
Mythohistorical Interventions

Lee Bebout

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the role of the mythohistorical in maintaining hegemonic consent and fostering counterhegemonic struggle. It considers how aggrieved social groups, those who lack access to the means of production and communication, articulate their visions of the past. Drawing upon Marxist and anticolonial theories, it analyzes the relationship between cultural production and power within aggrieved social groups, with particular emphasis on how those who lack access to the means of production and communication are able to fashion and articulate counternarratives that undergird social struggle. It also looks at three case studies that represent divergent locations and strategies employed in the fight for intellectual power: César Chávez and the United Farm Workers, Rodolfo Gonzales and his nationalist epic I Am Joaquín, and the struggle for educational reform, as embodied in the book-length document El Plan de Santa Barbara. These case studies illustrate how aggrieved peoples may wield the mythohistorical in an often tenuous and uneven struggle for social, economic, and political power.

Keywords:   mythohistorical, social groups, cultural production, power, César Chávez, United Farm Workers, Rodolfo Gonzales, I Am Joaquín, educational reform, El Plan de Santa Barbara

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