Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era

Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era

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Winner, Best Multiauthor Nonfiction Book, International Latino Book Awards, 2019

With contributions from a wide array of scholars and activists, including leading Chicana feminists from the period, this groundbreaking anthology is the first collection of scholarly essays and testimonios that focuses on Chicana organizing, activism, and leadership in the movement years. The essays in Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activisim and Feminism in the Movement Era demonstrate how Chicanas enacted a new kind of politica at the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and developed innovative concepts, tactics, and methodologies that in turn generated new theories, art forms, organizational spaces, and strategies of alliance.

These are the technologies of resistance documented in Chicana Movidas, a volume that brings together critical biographies of Chicana activists and their bodies of work; essays that focus on understudied organizations, mobilizations, regions, and subjects; examinations of emergent Chicana archives and the politics of collection; and scholarly approaches that challenge the temporal, political, heteronormative, and spatial limits of established Chicano movement narratives. Charting the rise of a field of knowledge that crosses the boundaries of Chicano studies, feminist theory, and queer theory, Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activisim and Feminism in the Movement Era offers a transgenerational perspective on the intellectual and political legacies of early Chicana feminism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477315590
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 488
Sales rank: 150,125
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Dionne Espinoza is a professor in the Department of Liberal Studies and the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.

María Eugenia Cotera is an associate professor in the Departments of Women’s Studies and American Culture and the Program in Latina/o Studies at the University of Michigan.

Maylei Blackwell is an associate professor in the Departments of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Movements, Movimientos, and Movidas (María Cotera, Maylei Blackwell, and Dionne Espinoza)
  • Part I. Hallway Movidas
    • Chapter 1. Francisca Flores, and the History of the League of Mexican American Women and Its Evolution into the Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional, 1958–1975 (Anna NietoGomez)
    • Chapter 2. Mujeres Bravas: How Chicana Feminists Championed the Equal Rights Amendment and Feminist Agenda in 1977 at the Texas Women's Meeting and the International Women's Year National Conference (Martha P. Cotera)
    • Chapter 3. "Women Need to Find Their Voice": Latinas Speak Out in the Midwest, 1972 (Leticia Wiggins)
    • Chapter 4. "It's Not a Natural Order": Religion and the Emergence of Chicana Feminism in the Cursillo Movement in San Jose (Susana L. Gallardo)
    • Chapter 5. Many Roads, One Path: A Testimonio of Gloria E. Anzaldúa (Maylei Blackwell)
  • Part II. Home-Making Movidas
    • Chapter 6. La Causa de los Pobres: Alicia Escalante's Lived Experiences of Poverty and the Struggle for Economic Justice (Rosie C. Bermudez)
    • Chapter 7. Women Who Make Their Own Worlds: The Life and Work of Ester Hernández (Maylei Blackwell)
    • Chapter 8. Feminista Frequencies: Chicana Radio Activism in the Pacific Northwest (Monica De La Torre)
    • Chapter 9. Excavating the Chicano Movement: Chicana Feminism, Mobilization, and Leadership at El Centro de la Raza, 1972–1979 (Michael D. Aguirre)
    • Chapter 10. The Space in Between: Exploring the Development of Chicana Feminist Thought in Central Texas (Brenda Sendejo)
    • Chapter 11. Visions of Utopia while Living in Occupied Aztlán (Osa Hidalgo de la Riva and Maylei Blackwell )
  • Part III. Movidas of Crossing
    • Chapter 12. Forging a Black-Brown Movement: Chicana and African American Women Organizing for Welfare Rights in Los Angeles (Alejandra Marchevsky)
    • Chapter 13. "Tu Riata Es Mi Espalda": Elizabeth Sutherland's Chicana Formation (Annemarie Perez)
    • Chapter 14. "La Raza en Canada": San Diego Chicana Activists, the Indochinese Women's Conference of 1971, and Third World Womanism (Dionne Espinoza)
    • Chapter 15. María Jiménez: Reflexiones on Traversing Multiple Fronteras in the South (Samantha Rodriguez and Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal)
    • Chapter 16. De Campesina a Internacionalista: A Journey of Encuentros y Desencuentros (Olga Talamante)
  • Part IV. Memory Movidas
    • Chapter 17. Unpacking Our Mothers' Libraries: Practices of Chicana Memory before and after the Digital Turn (María Cotera)
    • Chapter 18. Refocusing Chicana International Feminism: Photographs, Postmemory, and Political Trauma (Marisela R. Chávez)
    • Chapter 19. La Mariposa de Oro: The Journey of an Advocate (Elena Gutiérrez and Virginia Martínez)
    • Chapter 20. My Deliberate Pursuit of Freedom (Deanna Romero)
    • Chapter 21. Manifesto de Memoria: (Re)Living the Movement without Blinking (Inés Hernández-Ávila)
  • Notes
  • Contributors
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

Angela Y. Davis

"Chicana Movidas challenges us to think more capaciously about the development of Chicana feminism and about movement history more generally. As this stunning collection offers us examples of the small acts that have helped to construct radical versions of feminism, it also provides considerable organizing insights for emerging activists who value anti-racist, anti-imperialist, and queer perspectives."

Vicki L. Ruiz

"A revelatory, energetic mixtape of memory, theory, and movidas. Essential reading in Chicana/o studies."

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