Floating Borderlands: Chicanas and Mexicanas Moving Knowledge in the Borderlands

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Title:
Floating Borderlands: Chicanas and Mexicanas Moving Knowledge in the Borderlands
Author:
Holm, Andrea Hernandez
Issue Date:
2016
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
As intolerance against Mexican Americans and Mexican migrants persists in the United States-- apparent in the passage of Arizona State Bill 1070, Arizona House Bill 2281, and multiple English-only laws-- Chicanas and Mexicanas continue to resist by sustaining relationships and knowledge through storytelling. This dissertation employs a floating borderlands framework to explore how Chicanas and Mexicanas in the United States-Mexico borderlands use storytelling in oral and written traditions to keep cultural and regional knowledge. Floating borderlands is an interdisciplinary framework that reveals survivance, that is, survival as an act of resistance, through cultural maintenance, agency, and creativity in lived experiences. Drawing upon concepts and research from disciplines that include Mexican American Studies, American Indian Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Education, floating borderlands reveals how storytelling helps Chicanas and Mexicanas maintain an understanding of home and homelands that facilitates resistance to obstacles such as racial and gender discrimination and challenges to their right to be in these spaces. This dissertation acknowledges multiple forms of knowledge keeping by Chicanas and Mexicanas throughout the last two centuries; recognizes intersectionality; and complicates or creates multiple layers in narratives of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. This project is directly informed by narratives of Chicana and Mexicana life in the borderlands. It centers oral and written traditions, including my original poetry. Key words: Chicanas, Mexicanas, border, borderlands, floating borderlands, survivance, oral traditions, written traditions, home, homelands, migration, identity, cultural maintenance, poetry, story.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Chicana; Mexican American; Migration; Story; Women; Mexican American Studies; Borderlands; Mexicanas; Border; Floating Borderlands; Survivance; Oral Traditions; Written Traditions; Home; Homelands; Identity; Cultural Maintenance; Poetry
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Mexican America Studies
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Otero, Lydia

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleFloating Borderlands: Chicanas and Mexicanas Moving Knowledge in the Borderlandsen_US
dc.creatorHolm, Andrea Hernandezen
dc.contributor.authorHolm, Andrea Hernandezen
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractAs intolerance against Mexican Americans and Mexican migrants persists in the United States-- apparent in the passage of Arizona State Bill 1070, Arizona House Bill 2281, and multiple English-only laws-- Chicanas and Mexicanas continue to resist by sustaining relationships and knowledge through storytelling. This dissertation employs a floating borderlands framework to explore how Chicanas and Mexicanas in the United States-Mexico borderlands use storytelling in oral and written traditions to keep cultural and regional knowledge. Floating borderlands is an interdisciplinary framework that reveals survivance, that is, survival as an act of resistance, through cultural maintenance, agency, and creativity in lived experiences. Drawing upon concepts and research from disciplines that include Mexican American Studies, American Indian Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Education, floating borderlands reveals how storytelling helps Chicanas and Mexicanas maintain an understanding of home and homelands that facilitates resistance to obstacles such as racial and gender discrimination and challenges to their right to be in these spaces. This dissertation acknowledges multiple forms of knowledge keeping by Chicanas and Mexicanas throughout the last two centuries; recognizes intersectionality; and complicates or creates multiple layers in narratives of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. This project is directly informed by narratives of Chicana and Mexicana life in the borderlands. It centers oral and written traditions, including my original poetry. Key words: Chicanas, Mexicanas, border, borderlands, floating borderlands, survivance, oral traditions, written traditions, home, homelands, migration, identity, cultural maintenance, poetry, story.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen
dc.subjectChicanaen
dc.subjectMexican Americanen
dc.subjectMigrationen
dc.subjectStoryen
dc.subjectWomenen
dc.subjectMexican American Studiesen
dc.subjectBorderlandsen
dc.subjectMexicanasen
dc.subjectBorderen
dc.subjectFloating Borderlandsen
dc.subjectSurvivanceen
dc.subjectOral Traditionsen
dc.subjectWritten Traditionsen
dc.subjectHomeen
dc.subjectHomelandsen
dc.subjectIdentityen
dc.subjectCultural Maintenanceen
dc.subjectPoetryen
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineMexican America Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorOtero, Lydiaen
dc.contributor.committeememberGonzales, Patrisiaen
dc.contributor.committeememberRubio-Goldsmith, Raquelen
dc.contributor.committeememberRodriguez, Robertoen
dc.contributor.committeememberOtero, Lydiaen
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