Mexican American Women, Dress and Gender: Pachucas, Chicanas, Cholas

1st Edition

Amaia Ibarraran-Bigalondo

April 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 160 Pages
ISBN 9780367109424 - CAT# K406863
Series: Routledge Research in Gender and Society


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Mexican American women have endured several layers of discrimination deriving from a strong patriarchal tradition and a difficult socioeconomic and cultural situation within the US ethnic and class organization. However, there have been groups of women who have defied their fates at different times and in diverse forms.

Mexican American Women, Dress and Gender observes how Pachucas, Chicanas and Cholas have used their body image (dress, hairstyle and body language) as a political tool of deviation; and to measure the degree of intentionality in said oppositional stance. For this purpose and, claiming the sociological power of photographs as a representation of precise sociohistorical moments, this work analyses several photographs of women of said groups; with the aim of proving the relevance of "other" body images in expressing gender and ethnic identification, or disidentification from the mainstream norm.

Proposing a diachronic, comparative approach to young Mexican American women, this monograph will appeal to students and researchers interested in Chicano History, Race and Ethnic Studies, American History, Feminism and Gender Studies.

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