Expanding Latinidad

: An Inter-American Perspective
Luz Angélica Kirschner
Expanding Latinidad


Latinas and Latinos/Hispanics constitute the largest and fastest-growing minority in the United States. This volume engages with the idea of latinidad as a redemptive agent and proposes that the project of liberatory latinidad, whether in the United States or Latin America, is not as inherently inclusive or democratic it may seem. Deeply ingrained ideologies of race, religion, gender, sexuality, and limpieza de sangre (purity of blood), prominent in the Iberian Peninsula before and around the time of the conquest, still linger and continue to have an impact on Latino/Hispanic as well as Latin American identities, which in reality have been profoundly stratified, conflictive, and fractured since the formation of colonial societies in the Western Hemisphere. It also explores how south-to-north migration on the American continent has had positive effects on the way people perceive themselves in their new environment. Based on the stretched consciousness of the self, which the immigrant experience often facilitates, this collection of essays illustrates how an expanded latinidad, a “latinidad in the flesh,” may hold great potential for reimagining the race and ethnic relations of the miscellaneous communities it embraces.

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