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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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Toward a Planetary Civil Society

Toward a Planetary Civil Society

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(p.xx) (p.1) Chapter One Toward a Planetary Civil Society
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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/9780520229976.003.0001

This chapter explores the competing and often overlapping narratives that have been used to interpret the murders of women. At the same time, these narratives expose the subject that is constructed within each account. The chapter begins with a description of the killings and violence against women in Ciudad Juárez and the media attention it garnered. It looks at the state's responses to gender violence, which were negation and disaggregation, and other accounts of feminicide. It demonstrates how the discourse of globalism elides the many structures of oppression in the lives of women and provides an explanation for the killings. Cultural representations that have been informed by the discourse of globalism, transnational activism on the border, and a discussion of Señorita extraviada, a film by Lourdes Portillo about the feminicide in Ciudad Juárez, are included.

Keywords:   feminicide, violence against women, Ciudad Juárez, gender violence, globalism, transnational activism

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