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The Latina/o Midwest Reader$
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Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Santiago R. Vaquera-Vásquez, and Claire F. Fox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041211

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041211.001.0001

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The Latina/o Midwest Reader

Frances R. Aparicio

University of Illinois Press

This chapter addresses the dearth of scholarship on, and academic attention to Latina/os of mixed national heritages as a sector of our population. Based on twenty interviews with Intralatina/os in Chicago, the chapter argues that they perform and embody Latinidad in their everyday family lives, negotiate between their two or more national identities, and experience relational racializations within both of their national communities. Their national negotiations reveal the complicated and shifting meanings of their multiple nationalities. In reclaiming their presence and legitimacy as hybrid Latino/as within their families and communities, Intralatino/as both engage the fluidity of national imaginaries as well as reify them in daily performances of culture, class, gender, and race. This research project aims to foster future research interventions that analyze Intralatina/o lives in the United States.

Keywords:   Intralatino/a, nationalism, Latinidad, racialization, mixed-race identities, hybridity, Latino Chicago, Latino families

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