The landscapes and languaging of Chicana feminisms

Authored by: Aída Hurtado

Routledge Handbook of Chicana/o Studies

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138847873
eBook ISBN: 9781315726366
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Chicana feminisms as an area of study was first brought to light in 1977 with the publication of Martha Cotera’s book Chicana Feminisms. In this short monograph, the seeds that had accumulated from many years of actions and writings by Chicanas in various fields are presented and theorized upon by Cotera. In her incisive analysis she lays out the experiential basis (or sitios) for developing new discourses (or lenguas) that encapsulate the feminisms developing on the ground as Chicanas articulated their oppression at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity. This powerful new theory was later termed “intersectionality” by legal scholar Kimberleé Crenshaw (1991).

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