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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Things like race are social constructs, and viewing them as more than such is harmful because when you think another race or whatever else you apply here is different from you, you’re enabling stereotypes and oppression. Jackson Schultz May 26, at 9: She speaks of healing and an end to violence, war, and rape from a change within.

She is one that cpnciencia forced to live in a world of contradictions and duality. Good incorporation of the quote, I love that quote.

This allows for the mestiza to keep the current boundaries while also manipulate them to something more favorable to manage. Matthew Rappe May 26, at 8: Gloria Anzaldua’s, “La Conciencia de la Mestiza”.

vonciencia Your response is well written and gets to the point. Chicanos must look beyond the current structure of society. One undeniably appropriate example for divided loyalties is the struggle of indigenous people, specifically Native American Indians, for their identity which is juxtaposed with the desire to belong to the American way of life.

Your concept of dualistic thinking is incredibly interesting and sets a need for both cultures for a person to truly have an identity. This would help support “la raza cosminca, a fifth race embracing the four major races of the world” regardless of the spiritual foundation individuals grew up with because they all stem from the same thing and each person creates their own foundation.


I think your response has a good foundation, but is somewhat vague. Towards a New Consciousness, Gloria Anzaldua defines the mestiza consciousness as being aware of the duality of the cultures that make up a mestiza. Dualistic thinking creates a divide between people and what their beliefs are. It is any space where multiple identities, histories, and cultures overlap.

What is dualistic thinking? Your quotes are well placed and i think you analyzed the text perfectly. May 25, at 8: Gloria, I like where this is going but I also believe you could’ve elaborated.

Your response is very clear and concise and I agree with the argument you presented. I thought you showed a good understanding of the mestiza identity and the contradictions that shape it. Dualistic thinking seems to be already the current state of many people, which is why there is violence, rape, and war to begin with. Christie Trevino May 26, at 7: The “mestiza consciousness” is a person’s psyche that allows them to walk between cultures while being all of them at once.

Masculinity is often essentially equated with men and Anzaldua disagrees due to the fact that it essentializes all men and pits them in juxtaposition to women. Overall nice job, though.

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In chapter 7, Anzaldua explains the idea Mestiza consciousness. In having to exam multiple points of view the mestiza develops a new sort of consciousness as she is able to or rather is forced to pick out and eliminate all the flaws in each culture to create a more complete understanding of the world.

As stated before your response is short, and to the point.

Though I would have liked an explanation to how the connection of cultures seeing themselves as ‘exclusive’ tied back to the first quote. Nate Ruhrkraut May 26, at 7: She explains that she has the split that no one else has, she is in coatlicue state that no one else can be conckencia except a person with dual consciousness and thinking.


It also goes against the current belief that in mixing we are somehow diluting cultures whereas the mestiza belief cnsciousness that in mixing we are making all cultures involved more powerful. This is a recurring theoretical stance in post-modern feminist writings: At its base it’s the belief that things don’t occur in a spectrum.

La Conciencia de la Mestiza Towards a New Consciousness

La Conciencia de la Mestiza: This supercedes the need to identify either as oppressed or take on the position of the oppressor. We need you to own the fact that you looked upon us as less than human, that you stole our lands, our personhood, our self-respect… by taking back the collective shadow, the intra-cultural split will heal. This idea that there can be a third opposite is a revolutionary idea with the power to solve an infinite number of problems such as rape, violence, and war.

She understands that she comes from more that one race and believes that that is what leads her to develop a mestiza concious which in the end helps her understand who she really is. Viviana Mendoza May 27, at 2: ShaDe Phoenix May 26, at 9: Although I did not answer this question, I believe that your answer provides me with a good idea of what my own answer would be like and rowards a good answer to the question presented.

If people can cocniencia to understand one another, then the world would cease to have problems.