The Labyrinth of Multitude and Other Reality Checks on Being Latino/x (Critical Perspectives on Social Science) (Hardcover)

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Seventies "Hispanics," identifying with Latin American emergence and increasing immigration to the U.S., adopted the epithet 'latino', soon written as Latino. Media fast-tracked, English Latino would eventually tilt presidential elections, advocate national programs, and protest policies, with native and immigrant subgroups presumed homogenous. Enunciated identically as 'latino' and presumed to be 'latino' or its exact translation, "Latino" proved to be a transliteration that since its coining started diverging from 'latino'.

Latino became the political mask of unity over discrete subgroups; its primary agenda identity politics as a racialized, brown consciousness divested of its Hispanic cultural history. In contrast, 'latino' retains its Spanish transracial semantics, invoking an 'hispano' cultural history. Nationally Latino represents the entire Hispanic demographic while internecinely not all subgroups identify as Latinos. Latino is defined by immediate sociopolitical issues yet when needed invokes the 'latino' cultural history it presumably disowns. Intellectual inconsistency and semantic amorphousness make Latino a confusing epithet that subverts both speech and scholarship. Collective critical thinking on its semantic dysfunction, deferring to solidarity, is displaced with politically correct but circumventing tweaks, creating Latino/a, Latin@, Latinx. On the other hand, Latino exists because its time had come, expressing an aspiration for a more participatory identity in a multicultural America.

Julio Marz n, author of 'The Spanish American Roots of William Carlos Williams', suspends solidarity to articulate the intellectual challenges of his Latino identity. Writing to academic standards in a style accessible to the general reader, Marz n argues that from 'latino' roots Latino evolved into an American identity as a demographic summation implying a culture that actually origin cultures provide, ambiguously an ethnicity and a nostalgic assimilation. "Latino" are American-germane sociopolitical extrapolations of 'latino' experiential details, the often-conflicted distinction illustrated in Marz n's equally engaging essays that revisit iconic personages and personal events with more nuance than seen as Latino.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781648896774
ISBN-10: 1648896774
Publisher: Vernon Press
Publication Date: October 17th, 2023
Pages: 268
Language: English
Series: Critical Perspectives on Social Science