Accepted paper:

Another Way of Looking at Things: Old and New Multiplicities in a Transnational World of Southwest North America


Carlos Velez-Ibanez (Arizona State University)

Paper short abstract:

The Southwest North American Region of S.W.U.S and N Mexico is a caludron of cultural dimesnions that are multidirectional and multilayered emerging over time in contradistinction to state sponsored prisms of nationhood and create conflicts of identity, cultural efficacy, and linguistic loyalties. 291 characters

Paper long abstract:

Culturally and historically, many Mexican-origin populations in the transborder arena of Southwest North America have in fact been living transborder and transborder lives which cannot be not reduced to a category of citizenship nor to the engagement of persons in transnational networks . Simply, events and history has prevented the development of a single tracked citizenship-based personality development in which Mexican-origin populations are tied only to an American civil life. The acculturation model has been pretty much devastated by the recognition that there are multiple dimensions of cultural personalities that cannot be reduced to simple unilineal identities. Mexican-origin populations live American civil lives but contextualized within multiple transnational and transborder points of reference. Therefore, culturally the population amass and discard layers of cultural skins that simply do not refer to only a simple cultural referent such as citizenship. Rather the population gathers in the midst of social relations as old as the Romans, worship in religions older, and from told and lived experiences participate and are reminded of their transnational and transborder selves on a daily basis and simultaneously die in American wars. This has been the actuality of social and cultural processes in the region since the 19th century.

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Migration, culture and identity construction