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Durable Ethnicity: Mexican Americans and the Ethnic Core

10-08 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm CDT


In this talk, hosted by the Latin American Studies Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Professor Sue will speak on her co-authored book, Durable Ethnicity: Mexican Americans and the Ethnic Core, a mixed-methods study which shows the powerful role that ethnicity continues to play in the lives of many Mexican Americans, even those who are four or five generations removed from their immigrant ancestors. She will present data from 70 in-depth interviews and over 1,500 surveys to show how Mexicans Americans living in San Antonio and Los Angeles construct their identities and attitudes related to ethnicity, nationality, language, and immigration in the context of a strong ethnic core – a set of interconnected forces involving structures and institutions that foster ethnicity and serve as important counterforces to mainstream forces. Despite the existence of a strong Mexican American ethnic core, Mexican Americans’ orientation to ethnic identity and ethnic practices is oftentimes secondary to their sense of being and feeling American.Speaker bio: Christina A. Sue is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research interests are in the areas of race, ethnicity, and immigration, with a regional focus on Latin America and the United States. She is author of Land of the Cosmic Race: Race Mixture, Racism, and Blackness in Mexico, which examines how national ideologies in Mexico influence Mexicans’ understandings of racism, race mixture, and blackness. She is also a contributing author to Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America. Her work also appears in journals including the American Journal of Sociology, American Review of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. She is currently working on projects which examine the experiences of Mexicans of African descent living in the Pacific coastal region of Mexico and the experiences associated with whiteness in central Mexico.


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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