Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

MALS Graduate Portfolio Plática: Cristian L. Paredes

Wed, February 8, 2017 | Room 2.206 (Multi-Purpose Room), Gordon-White Building (GWB), The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us for our Spring 2017 Graduate Portfolio Plática series!
Join us for our Spring 2017 Graduate Portfolio Plática series!

Multidimensional Ethno-Racial Status in Contexts of Mestizaje: Ethno-Racial Stratification in Contemporary Peru

In this portfolio plática, Cristian Paredes defines ethno-racial status as the combination of socially ranked ethnic and racial characteristics individually embodied by mestizos (Spanish for mixed-race individuals).  These characteristics refer to conceptually and empirically distinct dimensions of ethno-racial status: phenotype, ancestry, and self-identification.  Paredes argues that these dimensions should be considered together when analyzing ethno-racial inequality in contexts of mestizaje.  Moreover, he alternatively interprets self-identification, beyond phenotype and ancestry, as exposure to the beliefs – ethno-racial ideologies – that give meaning to local ethno-racial identities rather than explaining it as a central indicator of race.  Using nationally representative data of Peru, the mestizaje research setting, Paredes examines whether there are significant differences in educational attainment and household possessions by phenotype, ancestry, and self-identification.

Cristian L. Paredes is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology with a Graduate Portfolio in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. His supervisor is Néstor P. Rodriguez, Professor in the Department of Sociology.

Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS)

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