This week we discussed what it means to walk the broken paths of home, homeland, and homeland security that turn upside down all we have learned until now. The strength and purity of blood, honor, lineage, healing, and so on that we have seen and aprehended become bloody, violent, and deadly, especially for mothers, as we approach borders and cross them. Political borders. Gender borders. Religious borders.
On Monday considered the first set of questions: what is home, and what is homeland? How do they relate to Homeland Security? What roles and expectations happen at home? In the territory of the homeland? How do Latinas experience position reversal, and how do they engage that as hope for the oppressed and dispossessed?
On Wednesday the readings led us to two other questions seemingly disparate in relation to the first, and yet, intimately related to it: on the one hand, how can evangelism work for a woman (Martell) in exile from her homeland of Puerto Rico? And on the other, how do Latinas become targets of violence when they cross borders such as the US/Latino America, or Spain/the US (Abrego & Menjibar). We discussed the latter more than the former. However, we had noted Martell’s reading earlier in the semester. If it spoke to you, make sure you incorporate it in your commentary this week.
By Sunday evening, please post a comment on how this set of three critical terms–home, homeland, Homeland Security–contribute to further your theoretical / interpretative approach to religion and your reading of its practice at home and in exile.