Journal Article — On Skin as Borderlands: Using Gloria Anzaldúa’s New Mestiza to Understand Self-Injury Among Latinas — by Gabriela Sandoval
In this article, I develop a sociological perspective of self-injury. I use Gloria Anzaldúa’s concepts of Coatlicue States and the New Mestiza Consciousness to expand our understanding of self-injury among Latina youth. I close with an acknowledgement that Gloria Anzaldúa believed in transformation, the transformation of cultures as well as of the self. I believe that by facilitating access to the new mestiza consciousness we can provide Latinas and Chicanas with alternative coping strategies. In this way helping them, as Anzaldúa said, “Transition from sacrificial goat to officiating priestess at the crossroads” (1999:102). The article advances initial thoughts that will inform future research. Once this framework is developed, I hope to conduct in-depth interviews with Latinas who self-injure in order to expand further the sociological understanding of self-injury.
Sandoval, Gabriela. 2006. “On Skin as Borderlands: Using Gloria Anzaldúa’s New Mestiza to Understand Self-Injury Among Latinas.” Pp. 217-224 in Re-Membering Anzaldúa: Human Rights, Borderlands, and the Poetics of Applied Social Theory: Engaging with Gloria Anzaldua in Self and Global Transformations (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume IV, Special Issue, 2006.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).
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