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date: 23 January 2020

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This chapter examines some of the substantial suggestions for antiessentialist practices that have emerged from the problematic prejudice against women’s rights. To explore the idea of identity, as it is lived and re-signified by Latin American women, yields a set of significant ideas that provide different ways of signifying language and reality. The chapter attends critically to these ideas, confronting their historical and political contexts through decolonial thought, subalternity, and globalization. It denies an essentialist view of identity, appealing to the collective re-signification that women have achieved themselves and among each other through self-expression, revealing the democratic value of ambiguity rather than that of univocity, of mestizaje over purity, and of self-identifications over essentialist hegemonic definitions.

Keywords: identity, feminism, decolonial theory, Latin America, mestizaje

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