This chapter considers the salience of the ideology of la familia in Chicana/Chicano cultural discourse and politics. The discussion also reflects on the effects of its monolithic representation for the identities of women. It begins with a study of My Family, a Chicano family romance composed of memory traces triggered by familiar historical desires and tropes. It then looks at how la familia was championed as a “righteous causa” and the guiding principle of the Chicano Movement. This principle is expressed by two concepts, which are carnalismo and la familia de la raza. The family ideology and the experience of la familia of some Chicanas are discussed in the final section of the chapter.
Keywords: la familia; cultural discourse; politics; identities of women; My Family; Chicano Movement; carnalismo; la familia de la raza
Chapter. 8111 words.
Subjects: History of the Americas
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