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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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The Motifs of Latinidad

The Motifs of Latinidad

Negotiating Nationalities and Struggling for Multiple Belongings

(Elena, Mariana, José, Sara, Daniel, Vivian)

(p.59) 3. The Motifs of Latinidad
Negotiating Latinidad

Frances R. Aparicio

University of Illinois Press

The “motifs” of Latinidad refer to the specific tensions, obstacles, and boundaries underlying Intralatino/a struggles in cementing a sense of belonging to multiple national communities. In this chapter I focus on five interviews and examine the diverse ways in which each Intralatino/a grapples with both dominant and diluted nationalities. Deploying Mérida Rúa’s concept of “Colao subjects”, and the terms “aguao and cargao” identities (diluted and strong), I analyze how these Intralatino/as refuse to choose one or the other, how they reclaim the diluted identity, and how they unsettle the dominance of the cargao (strong) identity. I conclude that these negotiations not only illustrate the processual and temporary texture of Intralatino/a subjectivities, but also highlight their agency in resisting the contradictions and complexities of these multiple identity boundaries.

Keywords:   nationalism, othering, national boundaries, Latin American politics, religion, social class

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