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This intellectually adventurous, politically engaged study applies borderlands and diaspora theory to Chicano cultural practices in a way that permanently changes our understanding of both the Chicano experience and the meaning of cultural theory. Defying national (and nationalistic) paradigms of culture, Saldívar argues that the culture of the borderlands is trans-national, constituting a social space in which new relations, hybrid cultures, and multi-voiced aesthetics are negotiated.
Saldívar's critical readings treat culture as a social force and reveal the presence of social contexts within cultural texts. Border Matters maps out a new terrain for the study of culture, reshaping the way we understand migration, national identity, and intellectual inquiry itself.
|List of Illustrations|
|Introduction: Tracking Borders||1|
|Pt. 1||Comparative Intercultural Studies|
|1||Cultural Theory in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands||17|
|2||Americo Paredes and Decolonization||36|
|3||Changing Borderland Subjectivities||57|
|4||The Production of Space||72|
|Pt. 2||El Otro Lado / The Other Side|
|5||On the Bad Edge of La Frontera||95|
|6||Tijuana Calling: Travel Writing, Autoethnography, and Video Art||130|
|7||Remapping American Cultural Studies||159|
|Afterword: Frontejas to El Vez||185|