The mode of eugenics will have changed but its ends

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Unformatted text preview: sciousness is presently in the making — a new mestiza consciousness, una conciencia de mujer. It is a consciousness of the Borderlands. (1999, p. 99, my emphases) It would be a deliberate misreading to collapse Anzaldu´a with Vasconcelos or to conflate their intellectual work and political visions. That is not my point here. However, one must wonder about the particular genealogy being invoked here and the pressures it exerts despite the conscious intentions of those citing it. I n the space of a paragraph, we span a sixty-year divide; mestizaje, the new consciousness of the Borderlands, is rendered as the effect or echo of this early twentieth-century dream of global integration, a product of its imaginative labour. Like her predecessor, Anzaldu´a opposes race mixture to the doctrine of race purity, countering the image of the Aryan with the image of the new mestiza. However, it is important to consult the earlier text for any additional obstacles, abstract and concrete, to this most inclusive theorisation. Is the work of this cross-pollination intended only as...
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