Raised in the USA: an exploratory study of Latino identity in California

by Paul Spoonley and Beatriz Manz with Harold Eberhart and Maribel Lopez

Working Papers WP 15-03
March 2015
ISSN 2192-2357 (MMG Working Papers Print)

Full text: pdf


The ethnic and representational politics of the USA are being challenged and transformed by the size of the Latino population. But Latino identities are varied and reflect a range of historical and contemporary influences. The focus of this pilot study are a group of American-raised university students in California and how they see themselves in terms of self-claimed labels and identities – and the influences and implications of these identities. Is the country origin of immigrant parents an ongoing determinant of self and group identity? Or are new pan-ethnic identities more important? What has been transmitted and maintained by these American-raised in terms of, for example, Spanish language or morality? This report explores these and other issues as new generations of Latinos explore and negotiate identity in an American setting.

Other Interesting Articles

Go to Editor View