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Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(3), 520-532; doi:10.3390/socsci4030520

The Struggles of Solidarity: Chicana/o-Mexican Networks, 1960s–1970s

1
History Department, Eastern Washington University, 103 Patterson Hall, Cheney, WA 99004, USA
2
Chicano Education Program, Eastern Washington University, 103 Patterson Hall, Cheney, WA 99004, USA 
Academic Editor: Joanna Swanger
Received: 15 May 2015 / Accepted: 9 June 2015 / Published: 28 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cross-Border Movements and Subjectivities in a Globalized World)
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Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, members of the Chicana/o Movement reached across class, borders, and ideologies to proclaim a political solidarity with the Mexican Left. Both, Chicana/os and Mexican activists expressed a narrative of political solidarity that encompassed a perceived shared experience of oppression and struggles for liberation. I contend, however, that both groups saw the source of their oppression and forms of resistance through different lenses. Chicana/o activists identified racism, discrimination, and cultural erasure with oppression, and they retrofit Mexican nationalism with political radicalism. In contrast, Mexican activists celebrated Marxist ideologies as radical political resistance against an increasing authoritarian government and associated Mexican nationalism with state repression and political manipulation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Chicana/o history; Mexican history; social movements; 20th century; Mexican Americans Chicana/o history; Mexican history; social movements; 20th century; Mexican Americans
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Martinez, N.A. The Struggles of Solidarity: Chicana/o-Mexican Networks, 1960s–1970s. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 520-532.

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