Latinos and the Categories of Race

Linda Martín Alcoff

in Visible Identities

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195137347
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785773 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

 							Latinos and the Categories of Race

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This chapter focuses on the Latino identity. It calls for the understanding Latino identity as an ethnic identity. This option could allow for more internal heterogeneity and resist the racializing that brings racism as well as the mischaracterization of the Latino's sense of self. However, it is also argued that the “ethnic option” is not fully adequate for contemporary social realities, and may inhibit the development of useful political strategies for diverse Latino communities. The main argument in this chapter will take the form of a negative: the ethnic option is not adequate. The very failure of the ethnic option will establish some of the necessary criteria for such an alternative.

Keywords: Latino identity; social identity; racial identity; racializing; self

Chapter.  11060 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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