El Nuevo Mestizaje/the New Mestizaje

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May 2023

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When it comes to the concept of mestizaje, both as a general concept and as it has been articulated specifically by José Vasconcelos and Gloria Anzaldúa. some recent scholars totally reject the concept and others partially agree with it an in all cases the issue of eugenics as articulated by Vasconcelos is rejected. I also reject any kind of mestizo eugenics. With this in mind, the purpose of my dissertation is, drawing from José Vasconcelos (1882–1959) and Gloria Anzaldúa (1942–2004), to rearticulate the concept of mestizaje as an ideal of diversity, equality, solidarity, decoloniality, and postcoloniality 1 that has inspired Mexican, Mexican American, and Latin American culture and to deracialize the concept to understand it as a cultural phenomenon.

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