"Hybridity" has become a popular concept among scholars of critical race theory and identity, particularly hose studying Chicano identity. Some scholars claim that hybridity - premised on multiplicity and fluidity - represents a new approach to subjectivity, challenging the idea of a stable and unified subject. In "Patrolling Borders," I argue that scholars are mistaken in their belief that "hybrid" or "bordered" identities are inherently transgressive or anti-essentialist. By constructing a genealogy of Chicano hybridity (i.e., mestizaje) I show how Chicano nationalists produced a politicized subjectivity during the Chicano Movement that emerged as the basis for recent notions of hybridity put forward by writers like Gloria Anzaldúa. By tracing the historical construction of mestizaje, I show how hybridity continues to be a discursive practice capable of comfortably coexisting with dreams of privileged knowledge, order, and wholeness.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Political Research Quarterly|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science