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Linda Martín Alcoff

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195137347

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195137345.001.0001

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Latinos and the Categories of Race

Latinos and the Categories of Race

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(p.227) 10 Latinos and the Categories of Race
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Visible Identities
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Linda Martín Alcoff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195137345.003.0010

This chapter focuses on the Latino identity. It calls for the understanding Latino identity as an ethnic identity. This option could allow for more internal heterogeneity and resist the racializing that brings racism as well as the mischaracterization of the Latino's sense of self. However, it is also argued that the “ethnic option” is not fully adequate for contemporary social realities, and may inhibit the development of useful political strategies for diverse Latino communities. The main argument in this chapter will take the form of a negative: the ethnic option is not adequate. The very failure of the ethnic option will establish some of the necessary criteria for such an alternative.

Keywords:   Latino identity, social identity, racial identity, racializing, self

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