Advocating the perspective of emotive history, this article looks at two examples of emotive archiving—the assembly of artifacts, photographs, oral interviews, and documents that record the feelings of Mexican immigrants as an inspiration for family members. The commitment and creativity of the archivist (usually a woman) is a feminist act of empowerment and an expression of love and honor to the subject of the archive, while the innermost feelings of the memorialized individual, often repressed from fear of apprehension and deportment, are expressed openly, forming a model for younger family members.
Immigrant Deportability and Emotive Archive Creation: The Emotional Honesty and Urgency of Mexican Immigrant Families
Ana Elizabeth Rosas is an Associate Professor of Chicano-Latino Studies and History at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Her book, Abrazando El Espiritu: Bracero Families Confront the U.S.-Mexico Border, received the Immigration and Ethnic History Society’s Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award. In 2018, she became the first UCI faculty member to be awarded UCI’s Office of the Chancellor’s Mentor of the Year Award in Undergraduate Student Research simultaneously in the School of Humanities and in the School of Social Sciences. Her current research interrogates the power of the intergenerational emotive investments and ventures of Mexican immigrant families in Mexico and the United States.
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Ana Elizabeth Rosas; Immigrant Deportability and Emotive Archive Creation: The Emotional Honesty and Urgency of Mexican Immigrant Families. Southern California Quarterly 7 August 2020; 102 (3): 274–305. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2020.102.3.274
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