Edward Vidaurre and the Politics of the Cholo Strut
I chart paths for navigating the contemporary political moment via the work of the working-class barrio poet Edward Vidaurre. The take-away from his work is a form of confrontational poetic activism or what I call the politics of the cholo strut. Vidaurre creates a counterculture via poetry to resist white-racist-capitalist propaganda and ideology. The cholo strut is not a criminal act but flags defiant subjectivity and points to an emancipatory politics that enacts militancy and yearning for utopia. Via the politics of the cholo strut, I seek to explode the limits of mainstream political science research on Chicanx politics in terms of whose voices are included and what counts as legitimate knowledge. Vidaurre’s work, I argue, opens new vectors for radical political reflection via code-switching and bridging while also staring into the abyss via the poetry of poverty.
William W. Sokoloff (2021) Edward Vidaurre and the Politics of the Cholo Strut, New Political Science, 43:2, 131-153, DOI: 10.1080/07393148.2021.1924510
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