Dissertation Title:

El Derecho de Ser: The Right of Being A Liberatory Tlan-Nepantla (Tlancentric) Approach to Identity A Theoretical Dissertation


Carl Chavez

Date, Time & Place:

March 4, 2022 at 2:00 pm


This dissertation explores the concept of personal identities in relation to social identities and social constructs. The research brings into focus long-standing patterns of identity suppression while analyzing these patterns through a multidisciplinary approach. Moreover, it validates the intersectionality of identity and the space of in-betweenness while recognizing that identity is in constant motion and promotes a shift from binaries to relationality. The work yields the possibility for liberatory identities and serves as the foundation for the Tlan-Nepantla (Tlancentric) Accountability Theory, which is made possible through the integration of Mexica cosmology.

  • Program/Track/Year: Depth Psychology Community Liberation Ecopsychology, P, 2015
  • Chair: Dr. Ed Casey
  • Reader: Dr. Chela Sandoval
  • External Reader: Dr. Lillian Comas-Diaz
  • Keywords: Identity, Intersectionality, Liberatory Identities, Mexica, Nepantla, Relationality, Philosophy, Essence, Cosmology, Mathematical Psychology, De-coloniality, Social Constructivism