ISBN-10:
0816522057
ISBN-13:
9780816522057
Pub. Date:
05/01/2004
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Chicana/o Identity in a Changing U.S. Society: ¿Quién Soy? ¿Quiénes Somos? / Edition 1

Chicana/o Identity in a Changing U.S. Society: ¿Quién Soy? ¿Quiénes Somos? / Edition 1

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Overview


What 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 Chicana/os' sense of personal identity and social identity develops and how these identities are affected by changes in social relations. The authors, both nationally recognized experts in social psychology, are concerned with the subjective definitions individuals have about the social groups with which they identify, as well as with linguistic, cultural, and social contexts. Their 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 a people, particularly reviewing the colonization history of the American Southwest to show how Chicanas/os' group identity is influenced by this history. A chapter on "Language, Culture, and Community" looks at how Chicanas/os define their social identities inside and outside their communities, whether in the classroom, neighborhood, or region. 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. At the end of each chapter is an engaging exercise that reinforces its main argument and shows how psychological approaches are applicable to real life. Chicana/o Identity in a Changing U.S. Society is an unprecedented introduction to psychological issues that students can relate to and understand. It complements other titles in the Mexican American Experience series to provide a balanced view of issues that affect Mexican Americans today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816522057
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 05/01/2004
Series: Mexican American Experience Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 149
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


Aída Hurtado is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of Voicing Chicana Feminisms: Young Women Speak Out on Sexuality and Identity. Patricia Gurin is Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor, Emerita, of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan and coauthor of Women, Politics, and Change.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Table
Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Word about Our Perspective
1. ¿Quién Soy?: The Development of Self
2. ¿Quiénes Somos?: The Importance of Social Identity
3. Language, Culture, and Community: Group Life in Creating and Maintaining Identities
4. Conclusions: The Future of Identity Formations
Glossary
Bibliography
Source Credits
Index

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