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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225619

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225619.001.0001

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Gendered Geographies of Home

Gendered Geographies of Home

Mapping Second- and Third-Generation Puerto Ricans’ Sense of Home

(p.194) Chapter 10 Gendered Geographies of Home
Gender and U.S. Immigration

Maura I. Toro-Morn

Marixsa Alicea

University of California Press

This chapter takes a look at the features that make negotiating multiple identities and life on the borderlands difficult. It shows that life on the margins can be difficult due to the lack of road maps or frameworks for constructing transnational identities. The chapter also reveals that notions of home are diverse and complex for second- and third-generation Puerto Ricans. It looks at their struggle to live in two cultures, and determines that Puerto Rican parents constructed their homes in the United States as “authentic” cultural spaces. They also expected their children to meet traditional gender roles and values. The chapter determines that despite these struggles, second- and third-generation Puerto Ricans seek comfort from the many forms of oppression they confront as colonized people in the United States by creating romanticized images of their homeland.

Keywords:   multiple identities, borderlands, transnational identities, Puerto Ricans, cultural spaces, gender roles

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