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Familia Matters

Rosa Linda Fregoso

in meXicana Encounters

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/9780520229976.003.0005
Familia Matters

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This chapter investigates the ways feminist theory has dealt with the myth that the private and public spheres are separate and discreet domains. It looks at the significance of pachucas—or cheap, street-roaming girls—as the subjects for feminist oppositional discourse. It then describes the attitudes and activities of the pachucas, before looking at the confinement of young Chicana women to the home. The discussion notes that during the late 1990s, a new generation of Chicana feminist scholars started to outline the import of pachucas and homegirls on the feminine construction of oppositional gender and race identities. The chapter ends with a section on the ways the body of the Chicana homegirl-chola-pachuca contributes to Chicana feminist discourse.

Keywords: feminist theory; pachucas; feminist oppositional discourse; homegirls; feminine construction; oppositional identities; Chicana feminist discourse

Chapter.  4659 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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