Spaces Of Conflict, Sounds Of Solidarity


Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles

by Gaye Theresa Johnson

Paperback, 262 pages

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In Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity, Gaye Theresa Johnson reveals how alliances and antagonisms between Blacks and Chicanos in Los Angeles from the 1940s to the present had spatial as well as racial dimensions. Johnson argues that struggles waged in response to institutional and social repression have created both moments and movements in which Blacks and Chicanos unmasked power imbalances, sought recognition, and forged solidarities by embracing the strategies, cultures, and politics that manifested in each others’ experiences. At the center of this important new book is Johnson’s theory of spatial entitlement: the spatial strategies and vernaculars articulated by working-class youth to resist the demarcations of race and class that emerged in the postwar era.