Jose Martinez 's Phenomenology Of Chicana Experience And Identity

884 WordsMar 30, 20154 Pages
In chapter two of Martinez’s Phenomenology of Chicana Experience and Identity: Communication and Transformation in Praxis, Martinez uses her third identifying ethnic mode of consciousness, the knowing - unknown to investigate her father’s mostly hidden heritage. She uses the knowing - unknown mode of consciousness to attempt a rediscovery of her hidden Chicana identity. However, Martinez’s investigation of her father’s mostly hidden heritage creates an indirect silence about her mother’s heritage. In chapter three, Martinez’s exploration of her Chicana lesbian identity rests primarily in the Chicana history and she disregards the Anglo’s history of lesbian identity. Because of this, it may be argued that Martinez has a stronger connection to her father’s cultural roots over her mother’s Native American, mostly white heritage in attempting to rediscover her Chicana racial and sexual identity. Martinez’s third identifying ethnic mode of consciousness, the knowing – unknown involves an explicit asking of questions of herself, her family history, and then of the Chicano people. In the third mode of consciousness, Martinez identifies the history of her father’s mostly hidden heritage to rediscover common points of identification to her Chicana ethnic identity. Martinez mentioned, “As I have struggled in my adult life to understand the circumstances of my own life when I was growing up, I have looked to my father’s life as a place to build understanding” (Martinez 2000, 47). This
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