(Re)constructing Latinidad: The Challenge of Latina/o Studies

Frances R. Aparicio*

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One evening last year in Chicago, I attended a Latino concert at a local music venue downtown with some friends and colleagues. Around the table we were all Latino, yet each of us embodied very different social, class, cultural, linguistic, gendered, and racial experiences. We were all of Latin American descent; some were born and raised in Chicago, others were more recent immigrants, having arrived to the US five years ago, and others, like me, had been in the United States for most of their lives as adults. Most outsiders would have grouped us all together as Latinas/os, minorities, foreigners, and Spanish-speaking. But a closer look at the complex and contradictory identities and experiences among us all reveals a much more complicated picture about Latino America. This is, indeed, one of the most central challenges that Latina/o studies faces as a field of study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Latina/o Studies
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781405177603
ISBN (Print)9781405126229
StatePublished - Feb 27 2008


  • Latina/o
  • Redefining latinidad

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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