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meXicana EncountersThe Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands$
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Rosa Linda Fregoso

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229976

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229976.001.0001

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Gender, Multiculturalism, and the Missionary Position on the Borderlands

Gender, Multiculturalism, and the Missionary Position on the Borderlands

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(p.48) Chapter Three Gender, Multiculturalism, and the Missionary Position on the Borderlands
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meXicana Encounters
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Rosa Linda Fregoso

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520229976.003.0003

This chapter looks at the cinematic strategies that are used to reinforce the prevailing racial and patriarchal structures, in relation to Mexicana and Chicana representation. The first section of the chapter provides a personal account of the author's memories that are associated with the phrase “Forget the Alamo.” This is followed by a discussion of U.S. filmmakers and their efforts to place the figure of the border or borderlands as a central element in a historical revisionist project. It notes that hundreds of films on the Mexico-U.S. border have been made in Hollywood since the early days of silent cinema. The chapter also considers the denial of social relations between the races and the discourse on motherhood that is found in the film Lone Star.

Keywords:   racial structures, patriarchal structures, cinematic strategies, Lone Star, borderlands, social relations, motherhood

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