¡Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement

¡Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement

by Maylei Blackwell

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The first book-length study of women's involvement in the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, ¡Chicana Power! tells the powerful story of the emergence of Chicana feminism within student and community-based organizations throughout southern California and the Southwest. As Chicanos engaged in widespread protest in their struggle for social justice, civil rights, and self-determination, women in el movimiento became increasingly militant about the gap between the rhetoric of equality and the organizational culture that suppressed women's leadership and subjected women to chauvinism, discrimination, and sexual harassment. Based on rich oral histories and extensive archival research, Maylei Blackwell analyzes the struggles over gender and sexuality within the Chicano Movement and illustrates how those struggles produced new forms of racial consciousness, gender awareness, and political identities.
¡Chicana Power! provides a critical genealogy of pioneering Chicana activist and theorist Anna NietoGomez and the Hijas de Cuauhtémoc, one of the first Latina feminist organizations, who together with other Chicana activists forged an autonomous space for women's political participation and challenged the gendered confines of Chicano nationalism in the movement and in the formation of the field of Chicana studies. She uncovers the multifaceted vision of liberation that continues to reverberate today as contemporary activists, artists, and intellectuals, both grassroots and academic, struggle for, revise, and rework the political legacy of Chicana feminism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292725881
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MAYLEI BLACKWELL is Assistant Professor in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Women's Studies at UCLA. An interdisciplinary scholar activist and oral historian, she works with indigenous women's organizers in Mexico, Latin American feminist movements, and sexual rights activists, all of whom are involved in cross-border organizing and community formation.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: The Telling Is Political 1

Chapter 1 Spinning the Record: Historical Writing and Righting 14

Chapter 2 Chicana Insurgencies: Stories, of Transformation, Youth Rebellion, and Campus Organizing 43

Chapter 3 Retrofitted Memory: Chicana Historical Subjectivities between and beyond Nationalist Imaginaries 91

Chapter 4 Engendering Print Cultures and Chicana Feminist Counterpublics in the Chicano Movement 133

Chapter 5 Interpretive Dilemmas, Multiple Meanings: Convergence and Disjuncture at the 1971 Conferencia de Mujeres por la Raza 160

Chapter 6 Chicanas in Movement: Activist and Scholar Legacies in the Making 192

Appendix: Narrator Biographies 215

Notes 219

Bibliography 257

Index 287

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