Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality
Geographies of Selves—Reimagining Identity: Nos/Otras (Us/Other), las Nepantleras, and the New Tribalism
2015. "Geographies of Selves—Reimagining Identity: Nos/Otras (Us/Other), las Nepantleras, and the New Tribalism", Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality, Gloria Anzaldúa, AnaLouise Keating
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This chapter explores nationalism and postnationalism, identity formation, “Raza studies,” decolonizing education, and conflict resolution–especially as these are enacted by writers, artists, scholars, and activists. Focusing on “Raza Studies y la raza,” Anzaldúa applies her theory of the Coyolxauhqui process to individual and collective identity (re)formation and develops a theory of “new tribalism”: an innovative, rhizomatic theory of affinity-based identities and a provocative alternative to both assimilation and separatism. She offers a careful, sophisticated critique of narrow nationalisms and other conservative versions of collective identity while remaining sympathetic to the identity-related concerns motivating them. Anzaldúa challenges yet does not entirely...