Title page for ETD etd-05062008-175949

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Orozco-Mendoza, Elva Fabiola
URN etd-05062008-175949
Title Borderlands Theory: Producing Border Epistemologies with Gloria Anzaldua
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Natter, Wolfgang George Committee Chair
Shingles, Richard D. Committee Member
Smith, Barbara Ellen Committee Member
Vazquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y. Committee Member
  • Politics
  • Mestiza
  • Gloria Anzaldúa
  • Borders
  • Borderlands Theory
  • Chicana/o
  • Freedom
  • Postcolonial Theory U.S.-Mexico war
Date of Defense 2008-04-24
Availability unrestricted
This study is dedicated to examine the concept of borders, geographical and otherwise, as instruments that are socially produced. It utilizes Gloria Anzaldua’s theoretical framework of Borderlands theory as a set of processes that seek to attain the de-colonization of the inner self. The historical and spatial dynamics of the geographical border between Mexico and United States, largely shaped by the U.S. expansionist agenda, resulted in the Mexican lost of more than half of its territory and the subsequent stigmatization of Mexican-Americans/Chicanos as “foreign others,” since they did not share with predominant Anglo-Saxons the same values, culture, religion, traditions and skin color. I argue that the later exploitation, exclusion, marginalization, and racism against Mexican-Americans/Chicanos informed Anzaldua’s development of her Borderlands theory that seeks to attain liberation for any colonized identity. However, it is also my argument that the borderlands theory fails to account for meaningful political freedom since the processes that compose the theory are principally worked at the inner level, restricting the possibilities for a direct confrontation in the public sphere.
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