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That little Mexican part of me: race, place and transnationalism among U.S. African-descent Mexicans

That little Mexican part of me: race, place and transnationalism among U.S. African-descent Mexicans
That little Mexican part of me: race, place and transnationalism among U.S. African-descent Mexicans
This article uses semi-structured interviews and participant observation to examine transnationalism and notions of race among first- and second-generation young adult Afro-descended Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the United States. I suggest that transnationally inflected understandings of race encourage both generations to privilege place-based over ancestry-based racial identities. For the first generation, which is mostly undocumented, place is part of their socialization as Mexicans and a way to forge a more secure sense of belonging in the United States. For members of the second generation, place resolves their position as an anomalous “race” not recognized in the United States.
Afro-Mexican, Hispanic, United States, place, race
0141-9870
995-1012
Lewis, Laura
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Lewis, Laura
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Lewis, Laura (2020) That little Mexican part of me: race, place and transnationalism among U.S. African-descent Mexicans. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43 (6), 995-1012. (doi:10.1080/01419870.2019.1626016).

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This article uses semi-structured interviews and participant observation to examine transnationalism and notions of race among first- and second-generation young adult Afro-descended Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the United States. I suggest that transnationally inflected understandings of race encourage both generations to privilege place-based over ancestry-based racial identities. For the first generation, which is mostly undocumented, place is part of their socialization as Mexicans and a way to forge a more secure sense of belonging in the United States. For members of the second generation, place resolves their position as an anomalous “race” not recognized in the United States.

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Accepted/In Press date: 29 April 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 5 June 2019
Published date: 2 May 2020
Keywords: Afro-Mexican, Hispanic, United States, place, race

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Local EPrints ID: 431666
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/431666
ISSN: 0141-9870
PURE UUID: 34e9ec97-b32a-426e-a7bb-f028c56a1220
ORCID for Laura Lewis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2782-7254

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Date deposited: 12 Jun 2019 16:30
Last modified: 13 Nov 2021 05:26

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