For decades Chicanx/Latinx feminists have mobilized important alternative onto-epistemologies and methodologies like testimonio that subvert dominant forms of knowledge production. Yet, these contributions have not been meaningfully engaged in the discipline of geography. This article seeks to address this gap by bridging methodological lessons across feminist geography, Chicanx/Latinx Feminist Studies and testimonio. Drawing on my experiences as a Latina feminist geographer doing research with my community, I critically reflect on how Chicanx/Latinx feminisms and testimonio create crucial openings to work towards a more ethical, relationally grounded, anti-oppressive praxis in geography.
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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I am deeply grateful to mis compañerxs for their time, platicás and teachings. Without you this work would not be possible. My sincere thanks to Minelle Mahtani and Kelsey Emard for inviting me to an AAG panel in 2019 that formed the basis of this paper and for your encouragement and guidance throughout this process. Thank you to Kanchana N Ruwanpura, the anonymous reviewers, Jessica Lopez Lyman, Cristina Faiver-Serna and Adam Bledsoe for their immensely helpful feedback. All shortcomings are mine.
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- Latinx geographies
- feminist methodology