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Hispanic American Diversity

March 18, 2016 | Author: | Posted in ethnic and area studies, social sciences

Hispanic American Diversity

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By the year 2000 , more than a quarter of the U . S . population was composed of members of ethnically marked minorities , including African Americans , Latinos , and Asian Americans , and the future augurs even more startling changes . At the present time , the more than 35 million Latinos in the United States make up roughly 12 .5 percent of the population . Indeed , Latinos may already have surpassed African Americans as the nation ‘s largest minority group . The U . S . Census Bureau claims that by the [banner_entry_middle]

year 2050 , a full quarter of the U . S . population will be of Latino origin that is , nearly 100 million people will be able to trace their ancestry to the Spanish-speaking , Latin American , and Caribbean worlds (U . S . Census Bureau 2001

Latino ‘ refers to a wide array of latin cultures consequently there is a sort of hierarchy within the Latino group as well . Mexican Americans seem to be ranked at the bottom of the Latin American population , Puerto Ricans in the middle , and Cubans at the top

The family is perhaps the most important institution for Latinos . We have heard and read much about the collapse of authority in the family due to changes in the relationship between male and female , parent and child , and husband and wife . This crisis is seen as a great danger by many Latinos . Yet it is not the family and authority relations per se that are breaking but a particular kind of family and authority . Latinos must hold onto the family but grow a new kind of family with male /female relationships , authority patterns , and a cariso , affection , that prepares each of us for selfhood . In this way the family will not help to socialize us into the dominant structures but prepare each of us to be participants in shaping our barrios

As the newest Latino group carving a place through nationalist discourses and appeals to cultural citizenship , Mexicans help reinvigorate politically charged definitions of ethnicity , at a moment when these are being most contested , though not without a cost . While their claims confront challenges to ethnic-driven demands for rights and entitlements , they also distance themselves from other Latinos , mostly Puerto Ricans , while tying themselves to the needs and demands of politicians , marketers , and other interests for marketable ethnicity Ultimately , not unlike Puerto Ricans , Mexicans face particular challenges when they adhere to ethnic-specific demands , but also difficulties when they tread the difficult terrain of Latinidad . The cultural politics of this growing community thus demonstrate some of the opportunities and predicaments of ethnic-centered agendas and of Latino-centered coalitions in the neoliberal city

Mexican American families represent the third largest , but the fastest growing , demographic segment of the U .S . population (Lamb , 1999 :247 Parenting in Mexican American families is influenced by the variety of factors , including cultural background , social networks , and socioeconomic characteristics . For instance , American society is usually characterized with the focus on individualism , while Mexican one exhibits features of collectivism

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