Latinos and Whiteness: Cultural Constructions and Immigration Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analytical piece on the construction of Whiteness and and its complement to Latino culture.
# 150894 | 1,837 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This is a clear and concise analytical paper on the construction of whiteness through cultural identities and ideologies and its development in relation to the rising immigration of latinos. Looking at various court cases and a few resources, this paper discusses the relation of law and politics to the protection of Latino rights. Largely, this paper describes the legal boundaries of persons to be understood under the law and where the line is drawn as to who is considered a citizen under the law. The paper argues that maybe these lines need to be redrawn.

From the Paper:

"The legislation like that in Hernandez v. State of Texas affected all Latino groups. When it comes to legislation and public policy these groups all tend to be lumped together and treated as one ethnic group. Ethnic identity is a central concept in the study of politics in multi cultural societies. Identities define criteria for group membership, differences from others, as well as legitimacy within the political process. Because ethnic identities also influence political behavior, they influence the distribution of power and resources. Recognized identities that mark ethnic and racial minorities as inferior create social fault lines that generate tension and unrest. As scholars analyze the history of race relations, a substantial literature on Latino politics has emerged on the role that ethnic identity has played in community mobilization and individual behavior. Whether it is struggles against racial discrimination or cultural survival, identity has played an important role in mobilizing the Latino community. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Constructing Whiteness. (2009). Retrieved October 18, 2009, from Website:
  • Immigration. (n.d.). Retrieved October 18, 2009, from Cornell University Law School Website:
  • Johnson, Kevin R. (2004). Hernandez v. Texas: Legacies of Justice and Injustice. Retrieved October 18, 2009, from Social Science Research Network Web site:
  • Johnson, Kevin R. (2009). Immigration Law and the Racialization of Latina /Latino. Retrieved October 18, 2009, from Website:
  • Marquez, Benjamin. (n.d.). Latino Identity Politics Research: Problems and Opportunities. Retrieved October 18, 2009, from Website:

Cite this Analytical Essay:

APA Format

Latinos and Whiteness: Cultural Constructions and Immigration (2012, April 30) Retrieved April 11, 2021, from

MLA Format

"Latinos and Whiteness: Cultural Constructions and Immigration" 30 April 2012. Web. 11 April. 2021. <>