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ERIC Number: ED101906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov-15
Pages: 23
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Historical Basis for a "Raza" Typology.
Lux, Guillermo
Historically, the dominant culture in the United States has, consciously or inadvertently, attempted to assimilate minority cultures -- hence, the term "melting pot". Yet despite several centuries of systematic Americanization, there remains a definite cultural mosaic in the United States. In the post-Melting Pot Era, such terms as Chicano, Mexican American, Spanish, Latino, Hispano, and Spanish American have been used interchangeably to refer to a person of Spanish, Mexican, and Indian descent. This ambiguity in usage exists because social realities, the complexities of intra-group dynamics, and different sub-group life styles have been disregarded. There is further confusion and misuse because of the preferred label usage self-imposed by the people themselves in different geographical areas. Ideological differences, social class status, socioeconomic status, age, and politico-social consciousness are overriding factors. All "raza" types participate in varying degrees and intensity in "El Movimiento". This paper sorts out some of the "raza" types, shows "raza" group interaction and thereby differentiates between the sub-groups, and discusses "El Movimiento" activities (usually dismissed as militancy) by other "raza" than Chicanos. (Author/NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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