Narratives of Religion, Gender, and Class on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: University of Texas Press
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This book has been made possible by the help of numerous people. Without the enthusiastic participation of the hundreds of interview-ees who participated in the group discussions about the photographs, completing this book would have been inconceivable. Without their agreeing to share with me their narratives about themselves, none of ...
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In my previous book in the Inter-America series, Crossing Borders, Reinforcing Borders, I tried to show how the categories and interpellations, the metaphors, and the narratives people use to address themselves and the “others” on the border have a basically regional logic in Juárez and an ethnic/racial one in El Paso (while national logics work on both sides of the border)...
Chapter 1: Catholicism and Mexicanness on the U.S.-Mexico Border
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In most Latin American societies, Catholicism and national identity (in this particular case, Mexicanness) have become highly intertwined (Fortuny Loret de Mola 1994). According to Bowen (1996, p. 4)...
Chapter 2: Mexican and Mexican American Protestants
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If, as I have tried to show in the previous chapter, on the border there is a close relationship between being a Mexican and being a Catholic, the process of identity construction among Protestants of Mexican descent is, to say the least, complicated.1 They are something that is “unexpected” from the commonsense point of view of the region. We have already seen some strategies developed by several...
Chapter 3: Regionalized Gender Narratives on the Mexican Side of the Border
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This statement is plainly acknowledged by women of color theorists in general and Chicanas in particular. As a matter of fact, it is the cornerstone of their debate with what they call white, middle-class, Western feminism. As Patricia Zavella (1991, p. 312) points out: “Women-of-color theorists have argued that race, class, and gender are...
Chapter 4: Gender, Nationality, and Ethnicity on the American Side of the Border
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Many of the images in Ju�rez that we have considered repeat themselves on the other side of the border. This is most common in the case of interviewees of Mexican ancestry (the bulk of our interviewees). Thus, it was not uncommon to hear very similar commentaries about gender and sexual orientation on the American side of the border, where the figures of libertine Fronterizas/os, liberal Americans...
Chapter 5: The Problematic Class Discourse on the Border: The Mexican Side
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As I have pointed out in previous chapters, the regional, ethnic, and national logics we have found that are used in the process of classifying, creating metaphors, and narrating identities are so strong in the Ciudad Juárez–El Paso area that they overdetermine other ways of understanding the process of identity construction. In the chapter on Catholicism we saw how what is considered for many people to...
Chapter 6: The Problematic Class Discourse on the Border: The American Side
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On the American side of the border, any discussion about social in-equality (or any discussion about identity, for that matter) also has to deal with the widespread commonsense discourse that establish-es that “all poverty is Mexican.” Therefore, for many people in El Paso (above all, Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans), the...
Chapter 7: Conclusion
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This book is the culmination of more than ten years of research and thinking about the U.S.-Mexico border, in particular, the border between Ciudad Ju�rez and El Paso. I arrived at the border in the summer of 1991. During the final years of my Ph.D. program, I was highly influenced by the border studies approach. As a matter of fact, I was a close witness and a minor participant in its initial developments...
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Page Count: 312
Illustrations: 25 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2005
Series Title: Inter-America Series