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Racial Borderlands: Suburban Plantation Culture and 'Rancho California (por favor)'
Unformatted Document Text:  Racial Borderlands/10/9/03, p.7 Eliseo had in fact claimed a creative space, around his habitat and four foot plywood bunk house, to "act-out" his new cross-cultural identities--for his old-world uncle (who lived on the next hillock), for his girlfriend in Carlsbad, and for his Anglo bosses. But after “cholos” (Latino gang members) from Oceanside had destroyed his hut, stolen his uncle’s buried money, and in effect evicted Eliseo, I realized that other, more aggressive cultures were also performing here--acting-out their identities in the same borderlands. Given the ever-present possibility of violence or disruption from any number of directions, what sense did it make to ask whether Eliseo was playing creatively at resistance and discovery in this threshold between cultures, without asking as well whether he was being played with? By 1999 the theme park “Legoland” had been built on the southwest side of one nearby camp, less than 400 yards from the first mud-dwelling workers that I had met. This incongruous proximity suggested that Carlsbad was in a zoning war with itself. Call it cultural hybridity if you will, but the resulting “contact zone” that emerged in North County (far from the Mexican border) meant, cruelly, that one world's recreational culture faced another's world of child- labor. One alternative to bringing (or imposing) alternative media into a community, is to look for and support indigenous examples of “media on the margins.” This stood as a third working focus of mine: to seek out and highlight workers who "appropriated" or poached media technologies and narratives. This possibility follows from the work of Henry Jenkins and Michele de Certeau, who have demonstrated the rich and creative ways that fan subcultures high-jack or “poach” such commercial media properties to forge new identities. 9 Evidence of this sort of self-made media making created a camp-life which seemed rich in symbolic re-workings. Jeeped TV sets; and recycled videotapes from employers (videos that one could never rent at Blockbuster) were common. 10 Many of the residents had either small DC powered TV sets or VCRs. But some of the videos that circulated in the camps created a juxtaposed portrait of media use that was more surreal than either entertaining or functional. 11 This kind of promotional video detritus was accompanied by off-air videos of television shows, movies, and pornographic tapes. Any bricolage

Authors: Caldwell, John.
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Racial Borderlands/10/9/03, p.7
Eliseo had in fact claimed a creative space, around his habitat and four foot plywood bunk
house, to "act-out" his new cross-cultural identities--for his old-world uncle (who lived on the next
hillock), for his girlfriend in Carlsbad, and for his Anglo bosses. But after “cholos” (Latino gang
members) from Oceanside had destroyed his hut, stolen his uncle’s buried money, and in effect
evicted Eliseo, I realized that other, more aggressive cultures were also performing here--acting-out
their identities in the same borderlands. Given the ever-present possibility of violence or disruption
from any number of directions, what sense did it make to ask whether Eliseo was playing creatively
at resistance and discovery in this threshold between cultures, without asking as well whether he
was being played with? By 1999 the theme park “Legoland” had been built on the southwest side of
one nearby camp, less than 400 yards from the first mud-dwelling workers that I had met. This
incongruous proximity suggested that Carlsbad was in a zoning war with itself. Call it cultural
hybridity if you will, but the resulting “contact zone” that emerged in North County (far from the
Mexican border) meant, cruelly, that one world's recreational culture faced another's world of child-
labor.
One alternative to bringing (or imposing) alternative media into a community, is to look for
and support indigenous examples of “media on the margins.” This stood as a third working focus of
mine: to seek out and highlight workers who "appropriated" or poached media technologies and
narratives. This possibility follows from the work of Henry Jenkins and Michele de Certeau, who
have demonstrated the rich and creative ways that fan subcultures high-jack or “poach” such
commercial media properties to forge new identities.
9
Evidence of this sort of self-made media
making created a camp-life which seemed rich in symbolic re-workings. Jeeped TV sets; and
recycled videotapes from employers (videos that one could never rent at Blockbuster) were
common.
10
Many of the residents had either small DC powered TV sets or VCRs. But some of the
videos that circulated in the camps created a juxtaposed portrait of media use that was more
surreal than either entertaining or functional.
11
This kind of promotional video detritus was
accompanied by off-air videos of television shows, movies, and pornographic tapes. Any bricolage


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