An awareness of exclusion. The "brown-white" paradigm and its effects on racial self-identification among Mexican-Americans in San Antonio




Valenzuela, Carlos

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Using Qualitative Data gathered from the Child & Adolescent Policy Research Institute/UTSA Mexico Center, based on a project funded by the Rockefeller foundation in 2002--2005, I explored the racial self-identification of Mexican-Americans in San Antonio. In this thesis, I sought to find the extent to which the historical context, specifically discrimination and negative stereotypes attributed to Mexican-Americans of the American Southwest fosters the idea of a "brown-white" divide in the United States. Generated themes suggested that the "brown-white" paradigm is a significant framework and offers sociological insight in studying Mexican-American race relations. Themes included: "When the choice is there...I'm Hispanic, I'm Mexican, I'm all of those things," Discrimination and Stereotypes: An Awareness of Exclusion, "Only a Hispanic, or Mexican-American would---not only understand, but maybe---be sensitive," and Cultural Identity Retention.


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"brown-white" paradigm, historical-structural theory, identification, mexican americans, qualitative, race