The Cinematic Cholo in Havoc

Prof. Dr. Richard Mora

Dr. Richard Mora is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and is affiliated with the Latino/a and Latin American Studies program at Occidental College. His current academic interests include youth cultures, education, gender, and juvenile justice. Dr. Mora has published in Berkeley La Raza Law JournalGender and Society, Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, Perspectives on Urban Education, and ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America. His work is included in The Phenomenon of Obama and the Agenda for Education (Information Age Publishing, 2011), Latina / Chicana Mothering (Demeter Press, 2011), Great Lives from History: Latinos (Salem Press, 2012), and Lost Border(Arte Público Press, 2013). In addition, his fiction is included in Latinos in Lotus Land: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature (Bilingual Press, 2008) under thenom de plume Victorio Barragán.

This study explores the role of the cinematic cholo as an abject being within the film Havoc (2005). The author argues that the cholo serves as the deviant other, whose personality and character is stunted by neighborhood pathologies, and stands in contrast to the rich, White characters for whom deviancy is an adolescent rite of passage, not a final destination.