Chicana/o Identity in a Changing U.S. Society ¿Quién Soy? ¿Quiénes Somos? – Aída Hurtado and Patricia Gurin

chicana-identity-changing-societyWhat does it mean to be Chicana/o? That question might not be answered the same as it was a generation ago.

As the United States witnesses a major shift in its population–from a white majority to a country where no single group predominates–the new mix not only affects relations between ethnic groups but also influences how individuals view themselves. This book addresses the development of individual and social identity within the context of these new demographic and cultural shifts. It identifies the contemporary forces that shape group identity in order to show how Chicanas/os’ sense of personal identity and social identity develops and how these identities are affected by changes in social relations.

The authors’ analysis reveals what the majority of Chicanas/os experience, using examples from music, movies, and the arts to illustrate complex concepts. In considering ¿Quién Soy? (“Who Am I?”), they discuss how individuals develop a positive sense of who they are as Chicanas/os, with an emphasis on the influence of family, schools, and community. Regarding ¿Quiénes Somos? (“Who Are We?”), they explore Chicanas/os’ different group memberships that define who they are as people. A chapter on “Language, Culture, and Community” looks at how Chicanas/os define their social identities inside and outside their communities. In a final chapter, the authors speculate how Chicana/o identity will change as Chicanas/os become a significant proportion of the U.S. population and as such factors as immigration, intermarriage, and improvements in social standing influence the process of identification.

-from the back cover

Available at the Cervantes Institute Library at Chicago/ Disponible en la biblioteca del Instituto Cervantes de Chicago: http://absysnet.cervantes.es/abnetopac02/abnetcl.exe?ACC=DOSEARCH&xsqf99=@titn=570635

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