Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS Plática: Edwina Barvosa

"Multiplicity Within & Paths to Immigrant Loyalty"

Wed, February 10, 2010 | Chicano Culture Room (4.206), Texas Union, The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The prevailing assumption in American life is that immigrants must assimilate to American mainstream culture and abandon immigrant identities in order to become loyal U.S. citizens. Yet, new theories about the multiplicity of the self and new data on immigrant national identity deepen our knowledge of why this presumption is false. Drawing on multiple identity theory and recent data, Professor Edwina Barvosa explains why the best paths to immigrant loyalty involve retaining immigrant identities within combinations of multiple identities that together allow effective identification with the United States.

Edwina Barvosa is an associate professor of social and political theory in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UCSB; she earned her Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. Her presentation is based on her recent book, Wealth of Selves: Multiple Identities, Mestiza Consciousness, and the Subject of Politics (Texas A&M University Press, 2008).

Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies and the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute

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