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Land of the Cosmic RaceRace Mixture, Racism, and Blackness in Mexico$
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Christina A. Sue

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199925483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925483.001.0001

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What’s at Stake? Racial Common Sense and Securing a Mexican National Identity

What’s at Stake? Racial Common Sense and Securing a Mexican National Identity

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(p.177) 8 What’s at Stake? Racial Common Sense and Securing a Mexican National Identity
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Land of the Cosmic Race
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Christina A. Sue

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925483.003.0008

This chapter addresses a major question provoked by the book’s findings: Why do individuals expend such effort to defend and protect a government-sponsored ideology that conflicts with their own lived experiences, particularly when it is seemingly contrary to their best interest? It rejects a false-consciousness interpretation of this conundrum, arguing that it is essential to recognize the deeply-intertwined relationship between Mexican racial ideology and nation-building efforts. Put simply, it proposes that the reason why Mexicans reproduce racial ideology may be because it solidifies their national identities.

Keywords:   Nationalism, Race, Racial ideology, Mexico, Color, Latin america

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