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Examining ‘Latinidad’ in Latin America: race, ‘Latinidad’ and the decolonial option

Demuro, Eugenia 2012, Examining ‘Latinidad’ in Latin America: race, ‘Latinidad’ and the decolonial option, Critical race and whiteness studies, vol. 8, no. 2, Special issue : Directions and Intersections, pp. 1-11.

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Title Examining ‘Latinidad’ in Latin America: race, ‘Latinidad’ and the decolonial option
Author(s) Demuro, Eugenia
Journal name Critical race and whiteness studies
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Season Special issue : Directions and Intersections
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Australian Critical Race &​ Whiteness Studies Association
Place of publication Sydney, NSW
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1832-3898
Keyword(s) Latin American studies
race studies
decolonial studies
Summary This article provides a critical account of the idea of race, conceived of and derived from European colonisers in the New World. The paper argues that race became a crucial category to the colonising projects of the New World, and in particular in the distribution of power during colonialism. The paper further examines how the notion of Latinidad (Latinity), entrenched in the term Latin America, continued to enact a discourse of racial superiority/inferiority even after the battles for Independence had taken place. Employing the critical vocabulary and framework of Decolonial theory, the paper introduces key arguments against Western European universality, and calls for a re-reading of the processes that structure privilege across racial and ethnic lines.
Language eng
Field of Research 200211 Postcolonial Studies
200204 Cultural Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Australian Critical Race &​ Whiteness Studies Association
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