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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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Familia Matters

Familia Matters

Chapter:
(p.91) Chapter Five Familia Matters
Source:
meXicana Encounters
Author(s):

Rosa Linda Fregoso

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520229976.003.0005

This chapter investigates the ways feminist theory has dealt with the myth that the private and public spheres are separate and discreet domains. It looks at the significance of pachucas—or cheap, street-roaming girls—as the subjects for feminist oppositional discourse. It then describes the attitudes and activities of the pachucas, before looking at the confinement of young Chicana women to the home. The discussion notes that during the late 1990s, a new generation of Chicana feminist scholars started to outline the import of pachucas and homegirls on the feminine construction of oppositional gender and race identities. The chapter ends with a section on the ways the body of the Chicana homegirl-chola-pachuca contributes to Chicana feminist discourse.

Keywords:   feminist theory, pachucas, feminist oppositional discourse, homegirls, feminine construction, oppositional identities, Chicana feminist discourse

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