Engendering Nationalism: Identity, Discourse, and the Mexican Charro


Nájera-Ramírez, Olga. 1994. “Engendering Nationalism: Identity, Discourse, and the Mexican Charro.” Anthropological Quarterly 67 (1): 1-14.

Author: Olga Nájera-Ramírez


I argue that the charro, or Mexican cowboy, operates as a master symbol of lo mexicano on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. By tracing the evolution of the charro as a product of various social technologies, such as cinema, institutionalized discourses, and practices of daily life, I analyze how notions of gender, nation, and class intersect in el charro. In so doing, I consider questions of agency, authority, ideology, and process in cultural production and representation.

Topics: Class, Gender, Women, Men, Nationalism Regions: Americas, North America Countries: Mexico

Year: 1994

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