"Popular Culture" and "Occupied America" Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

"Popular Culture" and "Occupied America"
A book report on "Popular Culture in The Age of White Flight" by Eric Avila, and "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos" by Rodolfo Acuna.
# 119445 | 2,706 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 29, 2010 in Sociology (General) , Literature (General)

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This paper looks at the ways in which both "Popular Culture in The Age of White Flight" by Eric Avila, and "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos" by Rodolfo Acuna consider the years after World War II. By first looking at the issue of racism in the post war years, then at the politicalization of the underclass, both in Los Angeles, and the Chicano peoples, this paper hopes to highlight the differences between considering culture through a wide lens, such as Avila's work, or though a narrow lens, such as Acuna's book. By looking at each of these subjects, the paper considers whether there is any advantage to analyzing culture through either of these lenses alone, or whether a wider strategy may be needed in order to combine all of the sources of information in order to reach a community.

Introduction and Thesis
Racism in the Post War Years
Politicalization of the Underclass
Wide Lens, Long range Lens

From the Paper:

"Acuna's book is, without doubt, one of the most important studies of a nation, and Avila's is also an essential study of a community within a larger nation. Both of the subjects of these books reflect wider issues, particularly of racism and politics, which are clear issues within these works. Acuna's work may also be read as a much more academic work than Avila's - the latter being more like a sociological paperback than a close study. This is shown through slightly confrontational language which Acuna uses: "Chocolate Cities and Vanilla Suburbs" (Avila, 2004), which is less academic than that of Acuna "The Mexican American within the Civil Rights Movement" (Acuna, 2000). One may see here the challenging way in which Avila presents his information is in direct contrast to the Acuna's expression. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Acuna, Rodolfo (2000) Occupied America: A History of Chicanos (Fourth edition) Longman
  • Avila, Eric (2004) Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles University of California Press, London England

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