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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)

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(p.59) 3. The Motifs of Latinidad
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Negotiating Latinidad
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Frances R. Aparicio

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042690.003.0004

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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