Archiving Mexican Masculinities in Diaspora

Archiving Mexican Masculinities in Diaspora

Book Pages: 360 Illustrations: 52 illustrations Published: May 2021

American Studies, Chicanx and Latinx Studies, Gender and Sexuality

In Archiving Mexican Masculinities in Diaspora, Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández challenges machismo—a shorthand for racialized and heteronormative Latinx men's misogyny—with nuanced portraits of Mexican men and masculinities along and across the US-Mexico border. Guidotti-Hernández foregrounds Mexican men's emotional vulnerabilities and intimacies in their diasporic communities. Highlighting how Enrique Flores Magón, an anarchist political leader and journalist, upended gender norms through sentimentality and emotional vulnerability that he both performed publicly and also expressed privately, Guidotti-Hernández documents compelling continuities between his expressions and those of men enrolled in the Bracero program. Braceros—more than 4.5 million Mexican men who travelled to the United States to work in temporary agricultural jobs from 1942 to 1964—forged domesticity and intimacy, sharing affection but also physical violence. Through these case studies that reexamine the diasporic male private sphere, Guidotti-Hernández formulates a theory of transnational Mexican masculinities rooted in emotional and physical intimacy that emerged from the experiences of being racial, political, and social outsiders in the United States.


Archiving Mexican Masculinities in Diaspora makes a critical contribution to our collective sense of gender dynamics in twentieth century migration studies. Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández delivers a nuanced treatment of the masculinity of Mexican migrants over the first half of the twentieth century. Through myriad lenses, we see Mexican nationals as partners and lovers, fathers and sons, as machos and domestic beings, and in homosocial and heteronormative positions.” — George J. Sanchez,, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900–1945

“A fabulously researched treatment of formative historical turning points informing the experience of men of Mexican descent in Mexico and the United States. Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández's incisive analysis makes for a rich consideration of Mexican masculinity over time and across relationships and destinations. She makes critical archives and historical actors accessible to undergraduate students new to the investigation of the borderlands, gender, and archive creation. Archiving Mexican Masculinities in Diaspora contributes to a wide array of fields of inquiry, especially American studies and ethnicity, gender studies, Chicanx and Latinx studies, and Latin American studies.” — Ana Elizabeth Rosas, author of Abrrazando el Espiritu: Bracero Families Confront the US-Mexico Border


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Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández is Professor of English at Emory University and author of Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries, also published by Duke University Press.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1415-7 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1324-2