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Caging Borders and Carceral StatesIncarcerations, Immigration Detentions, and Resistance$
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Robert T. Chase

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651231

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651231.001.0001

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Cultural Resilience as Resistance

Cultural Resilience as Resistance

The World of Mexican Prisoners in Texas

(p.149) Cultural Resilience as Resistance
Caging Borders and Carceral States

George T. Díaz

University of North Carolina Press

The chapter reveals how cultural connections to Mexico and a shared Mexican heritage allowed Mexican American prisoners survive the isolation and quotidian colonization of Mexican people within the confines of Southwestern prison farms during the Great Depression. The chapter explores how Mexican American prisoners on the U.S. side of the border relied on cultural persistence and survivals to reshape Texas prison farms into spaces of cultural continuity. By taking readers inside the confines of Texas’s only all-Mexican prison, the Blue Ridge State Farm, known as “Little Mexico,” the chapter reveals how language, song, sport, food, religious practices, and a Spanish-language prison newspaper sustained a “hidden script” and practices of everyday resistance that fashioned what the chapter calls a “colonia within the carceral state.”

Keywords:   Mexican American prisoners, Blue Ridge State Farm, Colonia, Texas prison farm, Spanish-language prison newspaper, Resistance, Great Depression

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