Reaching for El Mundo Zurdo: Imagining-creating-living Latinx decolonial feminist geographies in Toronto

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Abstract

This paper explores how a multiracial network of women and non-binary Latinx Community Workers (LCWs) envision and enact social change in Toronto, Canada. I demonstrate how LCWs articulate and implement an intersectional feminist and decolonial politic in their community organizing practices, from remaking a non-profit organization and creating spaces of mutual support, hope, healing and love. I argue that these social-spatial struggles collectively form Latinx decolonial feminist geographies that reach for Gloria Anzaldúa’s El Mundo Zurdo. I situate El Mundo Zurdo as a Latinx decolonial feminist and geographical theory of social change and bring it into conversation with feminist, Black and Indigenous geographies. Overall, this paper deepens understandings of Latinx geographies in theory and practice and demonstrates how Latinx geographies can work toward decolonial feminist futures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGender, Place and Culture
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Community organizing
  • decolonial futures
  • Latinx feminisms
  • Latinx geographies

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