Voices/Voces in the Borderlands: A Colloquy on Re/Constructing Identities in Re/Constructed Legal Spaces

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Melissa Harrison

University of Montana - Alexander Blewett III School of Law

Margaret E. Montoya

University of New Mexico School of Law

Date Written: 1996

Abstract

While we believe that the work of healing our cultural dyslexia is partly cognitive, in and through this paper we have tried to enact the experiential aspect. We may approach the entrances of the borderlands through reading and thinking, however we believe that the borderlands is a phenomenon of living, a phenomenon of well-intentioned people interacting in deliberate and thoughtful ways with those who are simultaneously like and unlike us/them. The borderlands require that we bring our critical faculties to bear on life's experiences, but, more often than not, we must suspend them in favor of more charitable and affiliative impulses. In the borderlands we eschew "mind-knowing" for "feeling thought" so that we can come to appreciate the joys and tribulations of those around us in a way that makes a difference that matters.

Keywords: Cross-cultural learning, Borderlands

Suggested Citation

Harrison, Melissa and Montoya, Margaret E., Voices/Voces in the Borderlands: A Colloquy on Re/Constructing Identities in Re/Constructed Legal Spaces (1996). Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Vol. 6, 1996. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2712859

Melissa Harrison

University of Montana - Alexander Blewett III School of Law ( email )

Missoula, MT 59812-0002
United States

Margaret E. Montoya (Contact Author)

University of New Mexico School of Law ( email )

1117 Stanford, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM New Mexico 87131
United States
505-345-6382 (Phone)

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