This thesis explores the cultural history of the Mexican equestrians known as charros from the colonial period to the middle of the twentieth century with particular focus on their emergence as laborers, their military association, and transformation into performers. The charros evolution from laborer and insurgent to performer and national symbol is central to this thesis. Attempts to fill the omissions of previous studies required the exploration of the link between fashion, race, class, gender, and regional identity. The tensions between rural folk culture and the urban industrial society is a theme that is also central to this thesis. The development of the popular charro archetype developed throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth century occurred through literature, military pageantry, equestrian performance, mariachi music, and cinema and are all explored at length.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Latin American history, Latin American Studies|
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