Race and Identity in Hispanic America: The White, the Black, and the Brown

by
Patricia Reid-Merrittauthor
Michael S. Rodriguezauthor
Race and Identity in Hispanic America: The White, the Black, and the Brown

20200430

Praeger

Pages 232
Topics Afro-Latino;Ethnic Identity Formation;Hispanic/Latino;Hispanidad/Latinidad;Hybridity;Mestizaje;Perceptions of Racial Superiority;Racial Identity Formation;Racial Essentialism;Race and Ethnicity: Latino and Hispanic Studies;Current Events and Issues: Ethnicity

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Race and Identity in Hispanic America: The White, the Black, and the Brown

Author(s): Reid-Merritt, Patricia; Rodriguez, Michael;
Contributors: Reid-Merritt, Patricia; Rodriguez, Michael;
Abstract:

This book offers a historical and comparative overview of the evolution of racial classifications in the United States and in Hispanic/Latino countries in the Western Hemisphere and Caribbean.

The Hispanicization of America is precipitating a paradigm shift in racial thinking in which race is no longer defined by distinct characteristics, but rather is becoming synonymous with ethnic/cultural identity.

Traditionally, assimilation has been conceived of as a unidirectional and racialized phenomenon. Newly arrived immigrant groups or longstanding minority/indigenous populations were "Americanized" in confining their racial and ethnic natures to the private sphere and adopting, in the public sphere, the cultural mores, norms, and values of the dominant cultural/racial group. In contrast, the Hispanicization of America entails the horizontal assimilation of various groups from Spanish-speaking countries throughout the Western Hemisphere and Caribbean into a pan-ethnic, Hispanic/Latino identity that also challenges the privileged position of whiteness as the primary and exclusive referent for American identity.

Instead of focusing on one Hispanic group, ethnic identity, or region, this book chronicles the development of racial identity across the largest Hispanic groups throughout the United States.


• Highlights distinct differences in perceptions of racial identity for members of the Hispanic community

• Underscores the fluid and malleable nature of race through a comparative and historical review of the evolution of racial classifications

• Explains why the Hispanicization of the United States constitutes a paradigm shift from traditional notions of racial identity formation

• Documents how immigration to the United States from Spanish-speaking countries throughout the Western Hemisphere and Caribbean is creating the first truly Hispanic country by subsuming the national identities of immigrants to the pan-ethnic, Hispanic/Latino category

SortTitle: race and identity in hispanic america: the white, the black, and the brown
Keyword(s): Afro-Latino; Ethnic Identity Formation; Hispanic/Latino; Hispanidad/Latinidad; Hybridity; Mestizaje; Perceptions of Racial Superiority; Racial Identity Formation; Racial Essentialism; Race and Ethnicity: Latino and Hispanic Studies; Current Events and Issues: Ethnicity
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Patricia Reid-Merrittauthor
Michael S. Rodriguezauthor
eISBN-13: 9781440867859
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Print ISBN-13: 9781440867842
Imprint: Praeger
Pages: 232
Publication Date: 20200430