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Performing us and the others. Latino identification through expressive culture in a Texan theater company

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dc.contributor.author Løchen, Mari Garaas
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-13T06:50:53Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-13T06:50:53Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06-14
dc.date.submitted 2011-06-14 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1956/5074
dc.description.abstract When represented in media, Latinos in the United States are often associated with immigration, border control, drug dealing, gangs or the rising use of Spanish in the U.S. The large and heterogeneous Latino population has been reduced to simple representations in the public sphere. In this thesis I analyze how Latino identity is being expressed through performing arts, and what circumstances influence the creation of these cultural expressions. More specifically I explore how a group of middle class Latino artists in Austin, Texas use expressive culture like theater, humor and joking when they communicate how it is like to be Latino in the United States. With the theater company Encuentros as a vantage point, and trough an analysis of a theatrical production and everyday interaction, I argue that among cast and crew members of the theater company Encuentros, difficult topics concerning Latinos in the United States are being reflected and debated through the use of comedy theater, humor and joking. And these expressions, as well as the cast and crew's views of themselves and Others, are influenced by a dialectic relationship between governmental categorization, mainstream stereotyping and in-group identification. Performing arts and the use of humor can reveal much about social relationships and identity management between people living close to the U.S. - Mexican border. With this thesis I wish to contribute to a broader insight and understanding of Latino lives and the making of Latino popular culture in the Southwest, which extends beyond the one-sided mainstream views of Latinos in the United States. en
dc.format.extent 793482 bytes en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher The University of Bergen en
dc.subject Texas en
dc.subject Austin en
dc.subject Theater en
dc.subject Performance en
dc.subject Identity en
dc.subject Humor en
dc.subject Joking en
dc.subject Comedy en
dc.subject Census en
dc.subject Race en
dc.subject Ethnicity en
dc.subject Latino en
dc.subject Mexican american en
dc.subject American en
dc.subject Hispanic en
dc.subject Chicano en
dc.title Performing us and the others. Latino identification through expressive culture in a Texan theater company en
dc.type Master thesis en
dc.type.degree Master i Sosialantropologi en
dc.type.course SANT350 en
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Social science: 200::Social anthropology: 250 en
dc.subject.archivecode Mastergrad en
dc.subject.nus 738106 en
dc.type.program MASV-SANT en


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