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Description - Latino Crossings by Nicholas DeGenova

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, naive 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. This study examines how these constructions of Latino self and otherness interact with America's dominant white/black racial consciousness.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415934565
ISBN-10: 0415934567
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 268
Imprint: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Nicholas DeGenova

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.