Where Is the Geography? The Geographical Predicaments of the Panethnic Terms Hispanic and Latino
Abstract / Resumen / Resumo
In this article I outline the geographical and political problems associated with the terms, “Hispanic/Latino.” To this end, I offer a four-tiered framework to help address these problems. Ultimately, I illustrate how the (mis)perceptions of Latin American populations stemming from these terms are deeply ingrained in academic and political imageries. I discuss how these panethnic terms relate to a geographical predicament, and claim that the myopic perpetuation within academia, feeds itself as much as it feeds U.S. policies. A plea is made here for the demythologization of a continent that is viewed as exclusively Spanish-speaking with an exclusive colonial heritage tied to Spain, and, show how these perceptions sustain powerful intuitive, yet inaccurate misrepresentations of Latin America. I conclude that it behooves geographers and scholars to re-think, contest, and ultimately revise the interpretation and navigation of the terms, “Hispanic/Latino” as they have been taken for granted. I propose and invite future and new geographies in order to carefully address this predicament.
Marcus, Alan P.
"Where Is the Geography? The Geographical Predicaments of the Panethnic Terms Hispanic and Latino,"
Journal of Latin American Geography
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