Rasquachismo

Rasquachismo, a critical concept in Chicana/o cultural and visual studies, came into  academic  usage  over two decades ago and is used to explicate a resourceful, working-class, neo-baroque aesthetic sensibility present(ed) in the productions of some Chicana/o artists. Within the larger field of Latina/o studies, “rasquachismo” exists alongside a cluster of terms that have been used to describe representational strategies, mass-produced material  culture,  and  ways  of  relating to and undermining forms of power; these include chusmería, cursi or cursilería, choteo, and chuchería, which are used mainly, though not exclusively, in the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora. If we continue to expand farther outward, the much-written about concepts of camp and kitsch would be part of this constellation of signifiers that denote a style (or lack thereof) and/or sensibility. In this brief essay I focus on rasquachismo, but relate it to these other keywords since they all function …

This essay may be found on page 184 of the printed volume.

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