By Clara Rodriguez
Latinos are the quickest growing to be inhabitants workforce within the United States.Through their language and well known song Latinos are making their mark on American tradition as by no means earlier than. because the usa turns into Latinized, how will Latinos healthy into America's divided racial panorama and the way will they outline their very own racial and ethnic identification? via strikingly unique historic research, wide own interviews and a cautious exam of census information, Clara E. Rodriguez exhibits that Latino identification is unusually fluid, situation-dependent, and continually altering. She illustrates how the best way Latinos are defining themselves, and refusing to outline themselves, represents a strong problem to America's process of racial class and American racism.
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Extra resources for Changing Race: Latinos, the Census and the History of Ethnicity (Critical America Series)
Evident in these examinations are the ﬂuidity and variability of race over time and place and its overlap with ethnicity, which is dependent on context. THE MANY FACES OF RACE Race has many dimensions and so is often used and deﬁned in different ways. For example, race can be as deﬁned by ofﬁcial bodies, such as the census or state governments. This is state-deﬁned race. Race also is the 27 28 THE IDEA OF RACE perception or experience of laypersons. This is often referred to as popular race, folk race, or race “in the common understanding” (Jensen 1988; Wright 1994:50).
Kim (1999) reviewed the historical experience of Asian Americans being triangulated with blacks and whites through a simultaneous process of valorization and ostracism. This racial triangulation continued to reinforce white racial power and insulate it from minority encroachment or challenge. ” Institutionalized discrimination and normative behavior aided racialization so that, for example, it became difficult to rent or sell to members of certain groups because of exclusionary practices. Nearly all immigrant groups experienced this seldom-mentioned but indisputable dimension of the Americanization process.
S. RACE STRUCTURE 19 The racialization process also includes contradictory views of the way that Hispanics are generally regarded. At one extreme, Hispanics are a Spanish-speaking white ethnic group who are simply the most recent in the continuum of immigrant groups and are expected to follow the traditional path of assimilation. Another view holds that the term Hispanic—which has generally been unknown to new immigrants from Latin America—is subtly “colored” by negative and racial associations.