A Process Metaphysics and Lived Experience Analysis of Chicanxs, Spanglish, Mexicans and Mexicanidad

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Kim Díaz

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In the conclusion to “A World of Pure Experience” (1904), William James writes, “experience grows by its edges.” I explore what this may mean vis-à-vis Chicanx culture and Spanglish to argue that Chicanxs are neither a bastardization of Anglo or Mexican people and culture, nor is Spanglish a bastardization of English or Español, and that in some ways Chicanxs feel their Mexicanidad more palpably than Mexicans who live in the interior of Mexico, where one’s Mexicanidad is not a predominant identifier. I first explain the process metaphysics that James espouses as well as his view of the lived experience. I build on these two Jamesian concepts and work with the chapter “The Pachuco and Other Extremes” from Octavio Paz’s The Labyrinth of Solitude (1950), as well as Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera (1987) to explore the experience of being a Chicana and speaking Spanglish on the U.S-Mexico border.

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Díaz, K. (2018). A Process Metaphysics and Lived Experience Analysis of Chicanxs, Spanglish, Mexicans and Mexicanidad. Journal of World Philosophies, 3(1), 44-52. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/jwp/article/view/1616
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Kim Díaz

Kim Díaz is an adjunct professor of philosophy at El Paso Community College. She works for the Philosophic Systems Institute and the United States Department of Justice (U.S. Probation). She is a founding member of the Society for Mexican-American Philosophy, and the Managing Editor for the Inter-American Journal of Philosophy. Together with Mat Foust, Kim is the co-editor of the Philosophy of the Americas Reader (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).