Rethinking Latino immigration: modernity/coloniality and the geopolitics of knowledge in the United States Public Deposited

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  • Wiltberger, Joseph L.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
  • Questions around Latino immigration in the United States have become increasingly relevant recently as the country experiences unprecedented demographic transformations. Dominant knowledge and discourses in the U.S., which emerged from a particular Eurocentric geopolitical position, subalternize Latinos according to the logic of modernity/coloniality. Using the question of race as a point of departure, this paper applies Modernity/Coloniality/De-coloniality (MCD) - an emergent theoretical framework that has primarily been used in Latin American contexts - to the situation of Latinos in the U.S. This framework may be especially useful in anthropology, and the potential for integrating the two is explored in a critical analysis of certain widely-held understandings that significantly shape the contemporary U.S. debate on Latino immigration. Highly racialized ways of thinking about Latinos and immigration have been introduced in relation to certain events, ideas, and discourses that prevailed at particular historical moments and in relation to longrange historical processes of modernity/coloniality.
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