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Durable EthnicityMexican Americans and the Ethnic Core$
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Edward Telles and Christina A. Sue

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190221492

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190221492.001.0001

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Durable Ethnicity

Edward Telles

Christina A. Sue

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the study’s findings regarding how U.S.-born Mexican American respondents negotiate the ethnic and American aspects of their identities, as well as the Spanish language, and their attitudes on immigration. Almost without exception, the American identity of the respondents remained constant, whereas the strength and meaningfulness of their ethnic background varied by individual and context. The chapter then expounds on the concept of the ethnic core as necessary for understanding the experiences of Mexican Americans, as well as other groups, and why it fills explanatory gaps left by theories of assimilation and race. Finally, it assesses the likelihood that ethnicity will remain durable for Mexican Americans in the future based on a variety of factors.

Keywords:   Mexican Americans, American identity, ethnic identities, Mexican ethnic culture, Mexican ethnic identity, Americanness, ethnic core, assimilation theories, race theory

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