CHICANO-XICANA COMMUNITY

El Plan de Santa Barbara states that community self-determination is the ethos of Chicanismo. A central question of this course has been how the Chicano-Xicana community is defined, both as a method and as an identity. At the end of the introduction to the The Bronze Screen Rosa Linda Fregoso states that “far from fabricating or inventing a community, Chicanas and Chicanos have reinvented (imagined anew) a “community” of Chicanos and Chicanas. In the words of Anderson, “communities are to be distinguished, not by their falsity/genuineness, but by the style in which they are imagined.”

Using these words as a prompt answer the following question: How has “Chicano-Xicana” been imagined as a community, identity, and method? Provide specific examples from the readings to describe how Chicano-Xicanx community, identity, and method were imagined/created. Within each (community, identity, and method), describe how each has been reinvented or reimagined. In this sense, how does the reinvention of each (community, identity, method) represent an ongoing reinvention and debate?

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