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Tangled Relations of <i>Identidad</i>

Mérida M. Rúa

in A Grounded Identidad

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199760268
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950256 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199760268.003.0004
Tangled Relations of Identidad

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This chapter takes up the politics of identity—the forging of new forms of collective identity and the strategies of multiracial coalitions—from the inside out. By focusing on Puerto Ricans (island and diaspora) negotiations of relationships among themselves, with other Latinos, and with African Americans, it demonstrates that differences are not transcended or ignored, but rather intermix and, indeed, do conflict. Attending to particularities of race, class, gender, and citizenship, and their intersections, can be a powerful resource in efforts to foster social and political engagement.

Keywords: collective identity; multiracial coalitions; Latinos; African-Americans; race; class; gender; citizenship

Chapter.  10978 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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