ERIC Number: EJ718028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 12
Why We Like to Call Ourselves Latinas
Gonzlez, Christina; Gandara, Patricia
Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, v4 n4 p392-398 Oct 2005
This article discusses the complex and subtle reasons why many people of Spanish-speaking ancestry, both Latin Americans and Spaniards, like to call themselves Latinos. Among other things, this word, coined by the Mediterranean countries to resist Anglo dominance in the 19th century, is currently being used by people of Spanish-speaking ancestry in the United States to express ethnic pride. Thus, the choice of the term Latinos over Hispanics moves the focus from a pan-ethnic, historical identity to contemporary struggles for equality and the racialization of people of Spanish-speaking ancestry in the United States.
Descriptors: Latin Americans, Ethnicity, Hispanic Americans, Females, Cultural Influences, Immigrants, Spanish, Identification (Psychology)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United States