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Negotiating LatinidadIntralatina/o Lives in Chicago$
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Frances R. Aparicio

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042690

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042690.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Negotiating Latinidad

Frances R. Aparicio

University of Illinois Press

I begin by identifying Intralatino/a writers and characters nationwide whose voices claim the need for their public acknowledgement and recognition. I define Intralatino/as as embodying multiple Latin American nationalities and ethnicities, and anticipate for the reader the heterogeneous processes through which they negotiate their nationalities and reaffirm a sense of belonging and non-belonging within their family lives. By unveiling the temporality of Intralatino/a identities—that they are not new nor exceptional, but hidden in histories marked by segmented national frameworks—I argue for the need to render these subjectivities visible and public, and worthy of academic analysis. In terms of methodology, I highlight the tensions between, on the one hand, personal narrative, the anecdote, and poetry, which frame my reading of the twenty interviews that inform the book, and, on the other, the sociological impetus for categorizing and for identifying patterns and structures. I locate this book project centrally within the field of Latinx Studies amid questions of culture, identity, hybridity, and transnationalism. I also discuss Chicago as a city of Latinidad and highlight the ways in which the analysis paves the way for future studies about Intralatino/as in other Latino urban centers in the United States.

Keywords:   Latinidad, interethnicity, Chicago, personal narratives, cultural studies, hybridity

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