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meXicana Encounters

Rosa Linda Fregoso

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520229976
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937284 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520229976.001.0001
meXicana Encounters

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This book charts the dynamic and contradictory representation of Mexicanas and Chicanas in culture. This book's analysis of the cultural practices and symbolic forms that shape social identities takes the reader across a wide and varied terrain. Among the subjects the book considers are the recent murders and disappearances of women in Ciudad Juárez; transborder feminist texts that deal with private, domestic forms of violence; how films like John Sayles's Lone Starre-center white masculinity; and the significance of la familia to the identity of the Chicanas and how they can subordinate gender and sexuality to masculinity and heterosexual roles. This book's self-reflexive approach to cultural politics embraces the movement for social justice and offers new insights into the ways that racial and gender differences are inscribed in cultural practices.

Keywords: Mexicanas; Chicanas; cultural practices; symbolic forms; social identities; Ciudad Juárez; Lone Star; la familia; gender; masculinity

Book.  238 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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