Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Urban indigenous culture in Los Angeles County, California
by Smith, Larry W., Jr., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 246; 1499307
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores a new spatiality in the history of Indigenous people migrating to Los Angeles County, California. As a result, it challenges both the master narrative of the term urban Indian life and the very notion of urbanity in the United States of America. Overall, this thesis: (1) repositions Indigenous people within a wider discussion of urban Indigeneity; (2) explores Indigenous people as inter-urban peoples, as they move through both Indigenous and settler society spaces; and (3) recasts Indigenous people into a meta plurinational and pluricultural context. In conclusion, Indigenous urbanity in Los Angeles, CA is interrogated to show the degrees to which "traditional" forms of cultural expression are permitted to persist in urban settler society spaces. The larger question motivating this project and discussed throughout is to explore a new space of Indigeneity that challenges the hegemony of urban settler society space and spatial practice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Casino, Vincent Del, Jr.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, Geography, Native American studies
Publication Number: 1499307
ISBN: 978-1-124-85805-0
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