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By Julie Avril Minich

Accessible Citizenships examines Chicana/o cultural representations that conceptualize political group via photos of incapacity. operating opposed to the belief that incapacity is a metaphor for social decay or political main issue, Julie Avril Minich analyzes literature, movie, and visible paintings post-1980 within which representations of non-normative our bodies paintings to extend our figuring out of what it skill to belong to a political community.
 
Minich indicates how queer writers like Arturo Islas and Cherríe Moraga have reconceptualized Chicano nationalism via incapacity photos. She extra addresses how the U.S.-Mexico border and disabled our bodies limit freedom and move. eventually, she confronts the altering function of the geographical region within the face of neoliberalism as depicted in novels through Ana Castillo and Cecile Pineda. 
 
Accessible Citizenships illustrates how those works gesture in the direction of much less exclusionary sorts of citizenship and nationalism. Minich boldly argues that the corporeal photographs used to depict nationwide belonging have very important effects for the way the rights and advantages of citizenship are understood and distributed.

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In this way, civil rights struggles benefit society as a whole, not just the specific group of people they seek to liberate, because they make available to everyone an expanded framework for conceptualizing rights. For instance, current efforts by undocumented immigrants in the United States to establish cultural citizenship can broaden the idea of basic rights to include the right to labor outside one’s nation of origin or the right to live in the same territory as one’s children or life partner.

From the viewpoint of the citizen, the concept of human rights appears as a given; from that of the noncitizen, for whom no state agrees to protect these rights, such rights appear nonexistent. This leads Arendt to conclude: “We are not born equal; we become equal as members of a group on the strength of our decision to guarantee ourselves mutually equal rights” (301). Citizenship, at present, remains the institution by which we “guarantee ourselves mutually equal rights,” yet its alliance with the state makes it a decidedly imperfect institution, one that leaves many out of its fold.

To argue, however, that the novel predicates its reformulation of Chicano nationalism on disability and privileges the queer members of the Angel family is not to argue that its principal character, Miguel Chico, is consistently positive about his ethnicity, his disability, or his queer sexuality. Miguel Chico struggles throughout the text with the impact of internalized racism, homophobia, and able-bodied supremacy. At certain points Miguel Chico’s hatred of his body is violently apparent, as in this distressing early passage: Miguel Chico did not care whether or not he survived the operation they planned for him.

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