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Accessible Citizenships. Disability, Nation, and the by Julie Avril Minich

By Julie Avril Minich

Accessible Citizenships examines Chicana/o cultural representations that conceptualize political neighborhood via pictures of incapacity. operating opposed to the belief that incapacity is a metaphor for social decay or political hindrance, Julie Avril Minich analyzes literature, movie, and visible paintings post-1980 during which representations of non-normative our bodies paintings to extend our realizing of what it potential to belong to a political community.
 
Minich exhibits how queer writers like Arturo Islas and Cherríe Moraga have reconceptualized Chicano nationalism via incapacity photographs. She extra addresses how the U.S.-Mexico border and disabled our bodies limit freedom and stream. eventually, she confronts the altering function of the geographical region within the face of neoliberalism as depicted in novels by means of Ana Castillo and Cecile Pineda. 
 
Accessible Citizenships illustrates how those works gesture in the direction of much less exclusionary sorts of citizenship and nationalism. Minich boldly argues that the corporeal pictures used to depict nationwide belonging have vital results for a way the rights and advantages of citizenship are understood and distributed.

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These gendered and racialized hallucinations, which overtake her mind as her life draws to a close, demonstrate the hatred she feels for her own body. The “monster” that she births—which represents a horror of the body that sustains misogyny, heteronormativity, and the oppression of people with disabilities—appears to Miguel Chico in a dream before Mama Chona’s deathbed scene (but after her death chronologically). The monster “put his velvet paw in Miguel Chico’s hand and forced him to hold it tightly against his gut right below the appliance at his side” (159), urging Miguel Chico to jump off a bridge.

These texts depict return journeys from the United States to Mexico, making visible the political interventions of what Schmidt Camacho calls migrant melancholia through the representation of masculine-gendered bodies in the process of aging. The final section, Beyond Citizenship, engages with texts that confront the changing role of the nation-state in the face of neoliberalism. These include two Chicana novels that look beyond nationalism, attempting to imagine forms of political belonging that go beyond citizenship in a world in which citizenship remains the only guarantee of rights.

Davidson describes the current post-NAFTA reality as one “in which the illusion of mobility and expanded communication masks the re-consolidation of wealth and the containment of resistance within a totalized surveillance regime” (“On the Outskirts” 737–38). The texts discussed in this section, which include both pre- and post-NAFTA works, reveal how the situation Davidson describes extends throughout the Americas, including areas not directly included in NAFTA, and came into being before the official beginning of NAFTA.

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