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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It means to live as if you live on the border and not above nor below it.

consciouxness This is a survival concirncia in order to assimilate and coexist under the current structure they are placed under. Dualistic thinking seems to be already the current state of many people, which is why there is violence, rape, and war to begin with. There are only ever two options. When humanity stops trying to categorize everything and everyone, things like war, violence and rape should end.

Once again your response is short yet incredibly poignant. I really enjoyed the fact that you mentioned that one must stop seeing themselves as the oppressed in order to be empowered.

At its base it’s the belief that things don’t occur in a spectrum. Through this, she speaks about the mestiza woman and the struggle of controlling her psychological borders. What she learns from her “study” is the finding of this new consciousness, this balance in identity, a solace and clarity that liberates her from all ambiguity.

English La Conciencia de la Mestiza- Towards a New Consciousness by Anzaldua

Yazmin Caballero May 27, at I also like how you compared the “struggle” to mutiple this verse that examples. Like Haraway, Anzaldua goes against the current trajectory of feminism s and her aim is to redirect feminism. I also envision that this discussion is a vague description of the reality that every human being experience today—that of globalization, not only on the macro-level plane such as the political-economic sphere, but also on the level of the self.

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The Mestiza embodies all races, as a “cosmic fifth race” which, “embraces the four major races of the world” The mestiza uses a double consciousness to engulf all aspects of her identity to promote her identity in its entirety. In chapter seven, Anzaldua introduces the “mestiza consciousness”. We all live in the Borderlands and instead of responding to the collision of culture by taking a stance on either side of the border, rendering us part of these Western constructs, we can include and embrace our identities as contradictory, different, and ambiguous.

Your quotes are well placed and i think you analyzed the text perfectly. This choice not only renders other parts of her identity and culture invisible, it positions her in one box, one category defined by the dominant culture into a dualistic Western way of thinking; either as oppressed or oppressor, on the offense or defense.

Without the acceptance of the Anglo, Spanish, and Indian blood that make up the background of the Mestiza, the term as a new mindset different from that of the dominant or indigenous, will constantly be renounced. While Anzaldua does not point this out, the world has become an American mestiza.

Butler would perhaps use the language of not having to choose between being intelligible or unintelligible, as either being on the outside or inside of culture. The author has indeed done a study; one that delves deep within the oneness of self.

La Conciencia de la Mestiza Towards a New Consciousness

Only until this is accomplished will we all be able to come together for the common good as members of the human race, rather than constantly competing and conflicting with each other. The goal of Towarde Mestiza is equality.


The mestiza moves from culture to culture, having different perspectives from each side. Gabriel Escudero May 25, at 9: The concept cohciencia divided loyalties is evidence supporting this fact.

On Anzaldua’s “Towards a New Consciousness”

Is she oppressing her people in that she does not act against the mutual oppression they undergo? Vincent Lazaro May 26, at 9: Anzaldua presents the idea of Mestiza Consciousness. She uprooted Dualistic thinking and created a third opposite through the Coatlicue state. That is why Anzaldua says, ” I will not be shamed again; nor will a shame myself” Anzaldua because races consicousness be racist.

Discuss the following statement: A lot of people have just become used to thinking dualistically that they don’t care what it brings.

Ironically, the melting happens, and yet the inimitable identities of the selves remain.

Too often, individuals create divisions amongst themselves and other groups of people. W May 26, at Phillip VanZale May 26, at 5: What this means is that she learns to develop multiple personalities and multiple worldviews.

Yesenia Alarcon May 26, at 7: An example of the contradictions of which she speaks is through a brief discussion of the identities of women of colour.