Mar'a Lugones, one of the premiere figures in feminist philosophy, has at last collected some of her most famous essays, as well as some lesser-known gems, into her first book, Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes. A deeply original essayist, Lugones writes from her own perspective as an inhabitant of a number of different 'worlds.' Born in Argentina but living for a number of years in the United States, she sees herself as neither quite a U.S. citizen, nor quite an Argentine. An activist against the oppression of Latino/a people by the dominant U.S. culture, she is also an academic participating in the privileges of that culture. A lesbian, she experiences homophobia in both Anglo and Latino world. A woman, she moves uneasily in the world of patriarchy. Lugones writes out of multiple and conflicting subjectivities that shape her sense of who she is, resisting the demand for a unified self in light of her necessary ambiguities. Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes explores the possibility of deep coalition with other women of color, based on 'multiple understandings of oppressions and resistances'-understandings whose logic she subjects to philosophical investigation.
Mar'a Lugones is associate professor of Latin American and Caribbean studies at Binghamton University, SUNY.
Chapter 1 Hablando cara a cara/Speaking Face: An Exploration of Ethnocentric Racism Chapter 2 Structure/Anti-structure and Agency Under Oppression Chapter 3 On the Logic of Pluralist Feminism Chapter 4 Playfulness, "World"-Travelling, and Loving Perception Chapter 5 Hard-to-Handle Anger Chapter 6 Purity, Impurity, and Separation Chapter 7 Boomerang Perception and the Colonizing Gaze: ginger reflections on horizontal hostility Chapter 8 El Pasar Discontinuo de la Cachapera/Tortillera del Barrio a la Barra al Movimiento. The discontinuous passing of the cachapera/torillera from the barrio to bar to the Movement Chapter 9 Enticements and dangers of community and home for a radical politics Chapter 10 Tactical-strategies of the street-walker/estratagias-tacticas de la callejera