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Challenging the long-cherished notion of legal objectivity in the United States, this book argues that Chicano history has been consistently shaped by racially biased, combative legal interactions. The book is an insightful and provocative exploration of the ways Chicano and Chicana artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers engage this history in order to resist the disenfranchising effects of legal institutions, including the prison and the court.;Gutierrez-Jones examines the process by which Chicanos have become associated with criminality in both legal institutions and mainstream popular culture in America and thereby offers a new way of understanding minority social experience. Drawing on gender studies and psychoanalysis, as well as critical legal and critical race studies, Gutierrez-Jones's approach to the law and legal discourse reveals the high stakes involved when concepts of social justice are fought out in the home, in the workplace and in the streets.