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2.5: Conclusion

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    Summary

    “Identity” is two-faced. It is used to represent both intrapsychic states and relational processes: It can be claimed to be both socially constructed and transhistorically essential, a being and a doing, ascribed and attained, made in language and exceeding language, simultaneously intensely private and biographical, a locus for political struggle, and the focus [of] state power. It is formed along multiple historically formed social vectors we call gender, class, race, sexuality, and so on, but it is also, simply, about one's own experience here and now. ––David Valentine

    The epigraph above by cultural and linguistic anthropologist David Valentine, succinctly captures what identity is and what identity does, which has been the focus of this chapter.66 Latinx demographics and the factors that impact them were reviewed, including various historical, political, and social processes. These processes have also shaped the racialization of Chicanxs and Latinxs impacting their experiences, life outcomes, and self-identification. This chapter also introduced Chicanx/Latinx studies identity concepts, theories, and frameworks, which provide a foundation for understanding the Chicanx/Latinx communities who are the subject of this textbook. 

    Ancillary materials for this chapter are located in Section 11.2: Chapter 2 Resource Guide, which includes slides, media, writing and discussion prompts, and suggested assignments and activities.  

    Key Terms 

    Race: A social construct created by European colonists and revised by American pseudo-scientists which sorts people by phenotype into global, social, and political hierarchies. It is both an organizing principle and an identity, both individual and collective. Race is unstable and evolves due to social, historical, political, and legal processes, but is often misrecognized as natural and fixed.  

    Latino: People in the U.S. of Latin American descent, acknowledging a shared complex historical experience of colonization, oppression, and resistance. 

    Interlatino subjectivities: The result of cultural contact and mixing between different Latinx national identity groups resulting in the creation of new hybrid cultural productions from music, food, clothing, aesthetics, and language that coalesce from the multiple cultures in their families and neighborhoods.

    Latinidades: An extension beyond the singular Latinidad, referring to “the shared experiences of subordination, resistance, and agency of the various national groups of Latin American in the United States.” It is “a conceptual framework” that can be used “to document, analyze, and theorize the processes by which diverse Latinas/os interact with, dominate, and transculturate each other.” Latinidades also calls for the examination of “power differences, conflicts, tensions, and affinities between and among Latinas/os of diverse national identities.”

    Translatina/o/x: A neologism that combines trans/transgender and Latina/o/x, while also encapsulating Latin American and latinoamericana/o identities. 


    Footnotes

    66 David Valentine, “Identity,” TSQ 1 (May 2014): 103–106.

    67 Ramon Gutiérrez, “What’s in a Name,” 20.


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