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ERIC Number: ED441887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-27
Pages: 44
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Strategic Sisterhood in a Latina Sorority: Affiliation, Recognition, and Solidarity.
Layzer, Carolyn
This study investigated the process of negotiation involved in identity construction among Latina college students in a Latina sorority, noting reasons for choosing to form or join the sorority. The sorority was in a predominantly white Eastern public university. Researchers conducted observations, interviews with four focal students, and informal interviews with other members. Group membership fluctuated between 5 and 20 members. Strategic sisterhood emerged as a dominant theme, with four symbolic categories within the domain denoted by the term sisterhood (affiliation, recognition, solidarity, and selection). In seeking to become more visible, sorority members were pushing for recognition under the auspices of a Latina cultural organization. By accommodating the dominant cultural structure of the Greek-letter organization, they gave up some autonomy and self-determination in order to gain some kind of recognition. Reasons for being in the sorority included power through sisterhood and power through community. Participants were engaged in ongoing negotiation of the meaning and goals of their participation in the group. Construction of a group cultural identity occurred as a result of push and pull in a centripetal fashion. The end result was not an end; as a community it is constantly evolving. (Contains 26 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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