La conciencia de la mestiza:Towards a New Consciousness. AF. Ana Flores. Updated 31 March Transcript. Gloria Anzaldúa. “The fact that I . Gloria Anzaldua’s, “La Conciencia de la Mestiza” The chapter “Towards a New Consciousness” begins with a reference to Mexican author. La conciencia de la mestiza/towards a new consciousness: an inter-american conversation with Gloria Anzaldúa. Rev. Estud. Fem. [online]. , vol, n

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The problem with the new “mestizaje” is that they are recieving mixed, “often opposing messages,” from their parental cultures.

David barboza Kestiza 26, at 8: The way dualistic thinking exploits certain groups and divides them from others is what ultimately leads to rape, violence, and war. She defines it as an uprooting of the dualistic thinking of the mestizo. It strays from either being of just the western world, or just the indian roots.

English La Conciencia de la Mestiza- Towards a New Consciousness by Anzaldua

Anzaldua’s writing is very passionate and clear. Though I had similar thoughts, the connections are well established. Violeta Valenzuela May 26, at 6: Within this sphere of feminist thought, it is crucial for feminism s to embrace the contradictory identities and cultures that emerge from the Borderlands which are made visible only through seeing passed the dominant Western myths and constructs put in place by the pervasiveness of modernity.

Saldivar introduced the term to us, “living within the hyphen” of Mexican-American.

The mestiza uses a double consciousness to engulf all aspects of her identity to promote her identity in its entirety. As stated before your response is short, and to the point.


Phillip VanZale May 26, at 5: Just like she stated before she is a border women which is an entirely new culture which bred it’s own language. In chapter 7, Anzaldua defines the mestiza consciousness as being aware of duality of the cultures that make up a mestiza. Anzaldua says she experiences the struggle of this neq because of her femininity and sexuality.

Isabella Aimone May 26, at 9: In a world filled with so many gray areas, is to it is s to be able to tell the difference between this and that. If an African-American woman of colour takes a political stance for the end of her racial oppression, does this mean that she devalues her experience as being oppressed by her gender identity?

Twoards mestiza “constantly has to shift out of habitual formations,” descendant of indigenous and spanish blood, la mestiza has to become “flexible” and balance between her two cultures, bending to each of their wills Anzaldua In chapter 7, Anzaldua explains the idea Mestiza consciousness. What she learns from her “study” is the finding of this new consciousness, this balance in identity, a solace ocnsciousness clarity that liberates her from all ambiguity.

On Anzaldua’s “Towards a New Consciousness”

This consciousness, through its ability to break down paradigms, introduces a new perspective into the world that has the power to heal the wounds between opposing forces. I really liked the quote you use and how it creates a consciousness of the mestiza. In “La conciencia de la mestiza”, Anzaldua presents that the mestiza consciousness is “designed for preservation under a variety of conditions” Pricila Jimbo May 29, at Anzaldua captures this in the statement: These Tejanos along with Chicanos and immigrant Latinos towarvs formed an alternate culture around the border.


Anzaldua explains that dual thinkers hold the key to end the violence rape and war because that is the creator of her very existence. The actual border itself kind of helps anzaldua block everything and acts a barrier when it comes to dealing with several issues as to decide which idea to belief.

La Conciencia de la Mestiza Towards a New Consciousness

This new msstiza transcends the boundaries constructed by Western myths such as: For example, in the second sentence, you could have stopped after mentioning transcendence to add more to that idea, and then later talk about “healing the split”. By condciousness this she rids herself of the cultural conflicts that the different races may have as she becomes one of all races. I like your response but wish you’d expanded a little bit and talked about how “Dualistic thinking is the kind that creates borders both physical and non-physical” a little more.

Despite being a walking contradiction by being Indian and Spanish, she creates a sort of equality among the races as as a part of her none are more supreme and all of them are equal.