Manhood, México de Afuera, and Josefina Niggli’s Step Down, Elder Brother
This chapter demonstrates how Mexican Americans conceptualized U.S. national citizenship through a transnational lens, specifically through political developments in the Mexican Revolution. It examines México de afuera, a well known expatriate phenomenon, but by focusing on its impact on Mexican American manhood, this chapter shows how the ideology developed into “expatriate citizenship,” a way of deliberating the nation’s place as an emergent global superpower and on the contradictions posed between exported democracy and domestic citizenship. This chapter offers an extended reading of Josefina Niggli’s overlooked 1947 novel Step Down, Elder Brother as expatriate citizenship.
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