Building with Our Hands New Directions in Chicana Studies

ISBN-10: 0520070909

ISBN-13: 9780520070905

Edition: 1993

Authors: Adela De La Torre, Beatriz M. Pesquera

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This is the first interdisciplinary collection of articles addressing the unique history of Chicana women. From a diverse range of perspectives, a new generation of Chicana scholars here chronicles the previously undocumented rich tapestry of Chicanas' lives over the last three centuries. Focusing on how women have grappled with political subordination and sexual exploitation, the contributors confront the complex intersection of class, race, ethnicity, and gender that defines the Chicana experience in America. The book analyzes the ways that oppressive power relations and resistance to domination have shaped Chicana history, exploring subjects as diverse as sexual violence against Amerindian women during the Spanish conquest of California to contemporary Chicanas' efforts to construct feminist cultural discourses. The volume ends with a provocative dialogue among the contributors about the challenges, frustrations, and obstacles that face Chicana scholars, and the voices heard here testify to the vibrant state of Chicano scholarship. Trenchant and wide-ranging, this collection is essential reading for understanding the dynamics of feminism and multiculturalism.
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/7/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 246
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Contributors
A Note on Ethnic Labels
Introduction
Acts Of Domination / Acts Of Resistance
Sexual Violence in the Politics and Policies of Conquest: Amerindian Women and the Spanish Conquest of Alta California
And, Yes...The Earth Did Part: On the Splitting of Chicana/o Subjectivity
Speaking from the Margin: Uninvited Discourse on Sexuality and Power
Cultural Representations / Cultural Presentations
La Tules of Image and Reality: Euro-American Attitudes and Legend Formation on a Spanish-Mexican Frontier
"It Is My Last Wish That...": A Look at Colonial Nuevo Mexicanas through Their Testaments
"Star Struck": Acculturation, Adolescence, and the Mexican American Woman, 1920-1950
The Mother Motif in La Bamba and Boulevard Nights
Contested Domains: Economy and Family
Gender, Class, and Households: Migration Patterns in Aguascalientes, Mexico
Hard Choices and Changing Roles among Mexican Migrant Campesinas
"In the Beginning He Wouldn't Lift Even a Spoon": The Division of Household Labor
Social Reproduction: Institutional and "Uninstitutional" Lives
Slipping through the Cracks: Dilemmas in Chicana Education
Gender and the Life Course: A Case Study of Chicana Elderly
Conclusion
Index
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