Chicanas and Cultural Citizenship
Hurtado uses the writings of Chicana feminists and other feminists of color as a springboard for reconceptualizing citizenship in terms that incorporate diversity. Hurtado focuses on Chicana women who live in the cultural “borderlands” between, on the one hand, U.S. society, into which they do not completely assimilate, and, on the other hand, Mexican society, to which they retain an ambivalent connection. Chicanas do not utilize the individual rights or interest group politics of U.S. society but they also resist the patriarchy and images of female betrayal from Mexican culture. For Chicanas, the project of defining their cultural citizenship and constructing themselves takes places especially in the domain of discourse. Land, culture, language, ethnic and racial specificity, universality, and social justice all help to shape the contours of Chicana cultural citizenship.
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