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Phenomenology of Chicana Experience and Identity

Communication and Transformation in Praxis

Jacqueline M. Martinez

Using narrative descriptions of the author's own lived-experience of her ethnic heritage, Martinez offers a systematic interrogation of the social and cultural norms by which certain aspects of her Mexican-American cultural heritage are both retained and lost over generations of assimilation. Combining semiotic and existential phenomenology with Chicana feminism, the author charts new terrain where anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-homophobic work may be pursued. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 168Size: 5 3/4 x 9
978-0-7425-0701-2 • Paperback • August 2000 • $32.00 • (£22.95)
978-1-4616-1220-9 • eBook • August 2000 • $31.99 • (£22.95)
Jacqueline M. Martinez is assistant professor of communication at Arizona State University at Tempe.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 The Generative Nexus: A Chicana Feminist Crossing
Chapter 3 Speaking as a Chicana: Tracing Cultural Heritage through Silence and Betrayal
Chapter 4 Radical Ambiguities and the Chicana Lesbian: Body Topographies on Contested Lands
Chapter 5 La Conciencia de la Mestiza: Intra- and Intersubjective Transformations of Racist and Homophobic Culture
Chapter 6 Chicana Feminism and Struggle in the Flesh: Racist Assimilation and Cultural Recovery
Chapter 7 Chicana y Chicana: A Dialogue on Race, Class, and Chicana Identity
Chapter 8 Bibliography
Jacqueline Martinez's book deepens our understanding of how transformation and liberation are (and, can be) achieved at the level of individual consciousness. An important contribution to the field of communication—a privileging of Chicana feminist scholarship and what it has to offer to communication scholars' theoretical and methodological endeavors.
Review of Communication