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Women and Citizenship$
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Marilyn Friedman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175349

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195175344.001.0001

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Multiple Subjectivities

Multiple Subjectivities

Chicanas and Cultural Citizenship

(p.111) 6 Multiple Subjectivities
Women and Citizenship

Aída Hurtado

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   Chicana/Latina, feminism, patriarchy, discourse, individual rights, culture, citizenship, borderlands, U.S./Mexican border

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