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Inventing Latinismo: The Creation of "Hispanic" Panethnicity in the United States

Laurie Kay Sommers
The Journal of American Folklore
Vol. 104, No. 411 (Winter, 1991), pp. 32-53
DOI: 10.2307/541132
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/541132
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

Within mixed Latino contexts, the need to preserve cultural distinctiveness often conflicts with growing pressures to present a united front as "Hispanic." Although no single cultural symbol, beyond the Spanish language and a generic sense of hispanidad, seems to unite the nation's Hispanics, one can document localized attempts to create at least temporary panethnic solidarity through cultural performance. This article uses data from Latino San Francisco to explore the role of public fiestas in the creation of emergent panethnic Latino culture and consciousness.

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