The Chicana Motherwork Anthology

Cecilia Caballero (Editor), Yvette Martínez-Vu (Editor), Judith Pérez-Torres (Editor), Michelle Téllez (Editor), Christine Vega (Editor), Ms. Ana Castillo (Foreword)
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The Chicana M(other)work Anthology weaves together emerging scholarship and testimonios by and about self-identified Chicana and Women of Color mother-scholars, activists, and allies who center mothering as transformative labor through an intersectional lens. Contributors provide narratives that make feminized labor visible and that prioritize collective action and holistic healing for mother-scholars of color, their children, and their communities within and outside academia.

The volume is organized in four parts: (1) separation, migration, state violence, and detention; (2) Chicana/Latina/WOC mother-activists; (3) intergenerational mothering; and (4) loss, reproductive justice, and holistic pregnancy. Contributors offer a just framework for Chicana and Women of Color mother-scholars, activists, and allies to thrive within and outside of the academy. They describe a new interpretation of motherwork that addresses the layers of care work needed for collective resistance to structural oppression and inequality.

This anthology is a call to action for justice. Contributions are both theoretical and epistemological, and they offer an understanding of motherwork through Chicana and Women of Color experiences.
“The scholar-activist contributors to this groundbreaking collection challenge gendered, racialized, and classist notions of mothering, and show the power of Mothers of Color to love, exercise their agency, and demonstrate collective resistance.”—C. Alejandra Elenes, Arizona State University

“This unique volume dismantles the idea of mothering and authentically and unapologetically uncovers Mother of Color experiences in academia. Its call for revolutionary change via ancestral knowledge, self-mothering, and vulnerability makes it unlike anything I have had access to as a Chicana mother and scholar.”—Reyna Anaya
The Chicana Motherwork Anthology
288 Pages 5.5 x 8.5 Published: 2019 Paperback (9780816537990)
Ebook (9780816539765)

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