Here we may take a cue from Juan Gonzálezs 2011 Harvest of Empire A History of

Here we may take a cue from juan gonzálezs 2011

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Here, we may take a cue from Juan González’s ( 2011 ) Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America , in which the lesson “we are here because you were there” emerges as the predominant leitmotif. The history of U.S. intervention in Latin America becomes the cen- tral cathartic unifying thread. If the “painful” thesis is U.S. conquest, colonization, and on-going imperialism, then the antithesis would be a sense of Latinidad that seeks to redress that history. The concentric model of belonging that had de- fined the Hispanic monarchical world may be of use here. Indeed, we may be witnessing a reconfiguration of that model out in the social world, as the many ex- amples of social-political interaction between Latinas/ os of various national origins reveals (De Genova and Ramos-Zayas 2003 ; Aparicio 2007 ; Rocco 2014 ). As webs of communication continue to expand, bring- ing, for example, Latinas/os from south Florida in con- tact (even if virtual) on a more regular basis with those from northern New Mexico or those from Connecticut with those from California, we could begin to see a less nation-based imagined community for Latinas/os and a more concentric one, rooted in the histories of more local, national-origin communities, expanding further out to diverse regional communities, then out to a more national level, and, perhaps indeed, to the hemispheric. Far from homogenous, these concentric communities of Latinidad may already be in formation, producing not staid accounts of commonality but of productive, at times conflictive if not contradictory accounts of be- longing and the public sphere (C. Beltrán 2010 ). <i>Keywords for Latina/o Studies</i>, edited by Deborah R. Vargas, et al., New York University Press, 2017. ProQuest Ebook Central, . Created from nyulibrary-ebooks on 2019-10-01 22:02:13. Copyright © 2017. New York University Press. All rights reserved.
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