Ethnic Labels, Latino Lives
Identity and the Politics of (Re)presentation in the United States
By (author) Professor Suzanne Oboler
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Ethnic Labels, Latino Lives by Professor Suzanne Oboler
Book DescriptionHispanic or Latino? Mexican American or Chicano? Social labels often take on a life of their own beyond the control of those who coin them or to whom they are applied. In "Ethnic Labels, Latino Lives" Suzanne Oboler explores the history and current use of the label "Hispanic", as she illustrates the complex meanings that ethnicity has acquired in shaping our lives and identities. Exploding the myth of cultural and national homogeneity among Latin Americans, Oboler interviews members of diverse groups who have traditionally been labelled "Hispanic", and records the many different meanings and social values which they attribute to this label. She also discusses the historical process of labelling groups of individuals and shows how labels affect the meaning of citizenship and the struggle for full social participation in the United States. Ultimately, she rejects the labelling process altogether, having illustrated how labels can obstruct social justice, and vary widely in meaning from individual to individual. Though we have witnessed in recent years the fading of the idealized image of US society as a melting pot, we have also realized that the possibility of recasting it in multicultural terms is problematic. "Ethnic Labels, Latino Lives" aims to understand the role that ethnic labels play in our society and brings us closer towards actualizing a society which values cultural diversity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816622863
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 21-Apr-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Professor Suzanne Oboler
Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law, and Social Movements, Hardback (November 2015)
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Behind Bars, Paperback (December 2009)
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Latinos and Citizenship, Paperback (October 2006)View all books by Professor Suzanne Oboler
"Transferred to digital printing in 2008."--T.p. verso
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