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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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Relational Racializations

Relational Racializations

Skin Color as Other

(Marisa, Enrique, Marcos, Stacey)

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(p.89) 5. Relational Racializations
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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/9780252042690.003.0006

I examine the racial experiences that four Intralatino/as have had visiting their respective home countries, as well as within their own social circles in Chicago, in being excluded and Othered in terms of their skin color and their multiple, hybrid national identities. These experiences with race and skin color—both dark and light skin colors—are informed by the dominant racial national imaginaries of countries such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Ecuador. While highlighting the relational and situational nature of the social meanings accorded to skin color, these four anecdotes of racial belonging and non-belonging also problematize and complicate our understanding of race and social identities in the United States.

Keywords:   race, racism, mestizaje, blackness, Afro-Puerto Ricans, skin color, Latinos, othering

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