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Ethnographic Refusals, Unruly Latinidades

Edited by Alex E. ChavézGina M. Pérez



The contributors in Ethnographic Refusals, Unruly Latinidades highlight the value of “radical inclusion” in their research and call for a critical self-reflexivity that marshals the power of bearing witness to move from rhetoric to praxis in support of these methodologies within anthropological perspectives. The essays in this collection do not offer simple solutions to histories of colonialism, patriarchy, and misogyny through which gender binaries and racial hierarches have been imposed and reproduced, but rather provide a crucial opportunity for reflection on and continued reimagination of the contours of Latinidad. These scholars deploy Latinx strategically as part of ongoing dialogues, understanding that their terminologies are inherently imprecise, contested, and constantly shifting. Each chapter explores how Latinx ethnographers and interlocutors work together in contexts of refusal—ever mindful of how power shapes these encounters and the analyses that emerge from them—as well as the extraordinary possibilities offered by ethnography and its role in ongoing social transformation.

Subjects: Anthropology

Contributor Bios
Alex E. Chávez is the Nancy O’Neill Associate Professor of Anthropology and a faculty fellow of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of the award-winning book Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño and the producer of the Smithsonian Folkways album Serrano de Corázon.
Gina M. Pérez is a professor in the Department of Comparative American Studies at Oberlin College. Her most recent book, Citizen, Student, Soldier: Latina/o Youth, JROTC, and the American Dream, was awarded an honorable mention by the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists.