Latino Optics: Racialization and the Politics of Citizenship Between Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Chicago / Edition 1

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Despite being lumped together by census data, there are deep divisions between Mexicans and Puerto Ricans living in the United States. Mexicans see Puerto Ricans as deceptive, disagreeable, nervous, rude, violent, and dangerous, while Puerto Ricans see Mexicans as submissive, gullible, na ve, and folksy. The distinctly different styles of Spanish each group speaks reinforces racialized class differences. Despite these antagonistic divisions, these two groups do show some form of Latinidad, or a shared sense of Latin American identity. Latino Crossings examines how these constructions of Latino self and otherness interact with America's dominant white/black racial consciousness. Latino Crossings is a striking piece of scholarship that transcends the usually rigid boundary between Chicano/Mexican and Puerto Rican studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415934572
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas P. De Genova is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Program in Latino Studies at Columbia University.

Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction: Latino Crossings 1
Ch. 2 "Latino" Locations: The Politics of Space in Chicago 31
Ch. 3 Economies of Dignity: Ideologies of Work and Worth 57
Ch. 4 Performing Deservingness: "Civility" and "Modernity" in Conflict 83
Ch. 5 Familiar Apparitions: Gender and Ideologies of the Family 107
Ch. 6 Latino Languages, Mixed Signals 145
Ch. 7 Latino Rehearsals: Divergent Articulations of Latinidad 175
Ch. 8 Conclusion: Latino Futures? 211
Notes 219
References 235
Index 247
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