Community of struggle: Gender, violence, and resistance on the U.S./Mexico Border

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Using 10 women's narratives, participant observation, archival research, and a focus group, this article analyzes women's social activism in a settler community in northern Mexico near the border. I argue that women's activism and emerging political consciousness provides a lens through which women critique structural violence and intimate partner violence and that ultimately provides new women-centered subjectivities. This article contributes to gender and social movements literature by examining the generation of a political consciousness engendered from women's grounded experience of living on the U.S./Mexico border. Furthermore, despite the unique sociopolitical conditions of the border, this article demonstrates that border residents have the agency to challenge, and more importantly, change their situation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-567
Number of pages23
JournalGender and Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Globalization
  • Resistance
  • Social movements
  • Transnationalism
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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