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

By Julie Avril Minich

Accessible Citizenships examines Chicana/o cultural representations that conceptualize political group via photographs of incapacity. operating opposed to the idea that incapacity is a metaphor for social decay or political trouble, 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 ability to belong to a political community.
 
Minich indicates how queer writers like Arturo Islas and Cherríe Moraga have reconceptualized Chicano nationalism via incapacity pictures. She extra addresses how the U.S.-Mexico border and disabled our bodies limit freedom and flow. ultimately, 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 varieties of citizenship and nationalism. Minich boldly argues that the corporeal photographs used to depict nationwide belonging have very important results for a way the rights and advantages of citizenship are understood and distributed.

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Reading Islas as a queer response to Chicano cultural nationalism helps us to see his work as an early effort to expand what Lee Bebout calls the “restricted cultural citizenry of a Chicano nation” (Mythohistorical Interventions 5). This, in turn, positions his work as a project allied with the important Chicana feminist publications of the 1980s3 and contributes to the effort to interrogate established understandings of Chicano gay literary history. By reframing Islas’s work in this way, this chapter reveals how attention to disability might contribute to scholarship about the role of nationalism and citizenship in ongoing struggles for racial justice.

5 Yet El Plan also exemplifies a theoretical problem that haunts decolonial nationalisms: how to counter the oppressive nature of dominant, state-sponsored nations without defining the subjects of the counter-hegemonic national movement so restrictively as to undermine the emancipatory project. The manifesto thus encapsulates both the accomplishments and the problems of cultural nationalism. S. racism within a 500–year history of colonization, and envisions a more just social order. At the same time, as Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano notes in a different context, Chicano nationalist texts like El Plan tend to “critique the ideal white body of ‘American’ identity by positing a quintessential Chicano body that is conceived as male, working-class, 36 / the body politic of aztlán heterosexual and racially marked as Indian/mestizo” (“Laying it Bare” 277).

If, as Ong argues, “strategies of flexible accumulation have promoted a flexible attitude toward citizenship” (17), this “flexible attitude” is a double-edged sword. On one hand, a flexible attitude toward citizenship is a luxury enjoyed by those who live with the security that at least one state will sponsor their citizenship. At the same time, others live with the knowledge that the state has taken a “flexible attitude” toward the protection of their rights; for them, citizenship appears inflexible indeed.

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