Puente de crystal (crystal bridge): Magdalena Mora and multiple feminist insurgencies

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Inspired by the 'feminist geniuses' of the methodology and critical inquiry of Black radical traditions traced in the genealogy of Cedric Robinson's scholarship, and invoking a decolonial analysis through writings of radical Chicana/Mexicana intellectuals, this essay honors the life, struggles and radical imaginations of Chicana feminist writer, political theorist and organizer Magdalena Mora (1952-1981). Reading regional US 19th century histories - in the south and the southwest next to each other, and juxtaposing these with late 20th century social movement activity in the US southwest, traces trajectories of the dreams of dignity and freedom we carry in our hearts to make real in our lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-184
Number of pages26
JournalAfrican Identities
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2013


  • Black radical tradition
  • collective subjects
  • decolonial imaginary
  • feminist insurgencies
  • no borders
  • organizing labor
  • poetry
  • settler colonialism
  • women and leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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