Gendered Geographies of Home

Maura I. Toro-Morn and Marixsa Alicea

in Gender and U.S. Immigration

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520225619
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929869 | DOI:
Gendered Geographies of Home

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This chapter takes a look at the features that make negotiating multiple identities and life on the borderlands difficult. It shows that life on the margins can be difficult due to the lack of road maps or frameworks for constructing transnational identities. The chapter also reveals that notions of home are diverse and complex for second- and third-generation Puerto Ricans. It looks at their struggle to live in two cultures, and determines that Puerto Rican parents constructed their homes in the United States as “authentic” cultural spaces. They also expected their children to meet traditional gender roles and values. The chapter determines that despite these struggles, second- and third-generation Puerto Ricans seek comfort from the many forms of oppression they confront as colonized people in the United States by creating romanticized images of their homeland.

Keywords: multiple identities; borderlands; transnational identities; Puerto Ricans; cultural spaces; gender roles

Chapter.  10288 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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