Dr. Susan Sci
Dr. Lara Narcisi
Dr. Amy Schreier
Dr. Wladimir Márquez Jiménez
Thesis - Open Access
The institutionally created label “Latino/a/e” has long been a point of frustration among people who are placed under this pan-ethnic umbrella term. Many Latines feel that their unique cultures, national identities, traditions, and histories become ignored and melted together by this broad label. This label effectively erases the differences that exist between this heterogenous group of people. Ignoring the intricateness of Latine identity diminishes our individuality and to some extent our humanity. Viewing Latine identity as homogeneous makes it easier to generalize and create negative stereotypes that further enhance the idea that all Latines are the same. Throughout my thesis I argue that Latine identity has to be understood at a deeper level by going beyond our broad, outermost layer of identity that is Latine. I also argue that in order to advance people’s understanding of the true complexity of Latine identity, representation of Latines must be more diverse and all-encompassing of the experiences Latines live. The main avenues through which I argue these points are through research and causal conversations with fellow self-identifying Latines, that center around our lived experiences and opinions. Along this journey, people should come to understand that although as Latines we have a lot of love and appreciation for the things that connect us all, we are even more proud of our distinctions and we celebrate what makes us unique. I challenge the media and others to better represent Latine identity by considering how we, Latines, actually experience our identities and cultures.
Date of Award
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Martínez Jaworski, Antonio Matthew, "Redefining Latine Identity Through Conversations With Those Who Live It" (2023). Regis University Student Publications (comprehensive collection). 1072.
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