Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Sociology (MA)
Sociology and Criminology
Juan José Bustamante
Second Committee Member
Afro-Latinos, Black Latinos, Erasure, Ethnicity, Empowerment, Identity, Latinos, Race, Subgroups
This study centers on the experiences of Afro-Latinos and how the racialization of Latino as a distinctly ‘brown’ identity—thereby excluding Blackness—shapes their identity and sense of belonging within Latino communities and spaces. Through in-depth interviews with eight Afro-Latinos, and using West and Fenstermaker’s (1995) work, ‘Doing Difference’, I find that the invisibility of Blackness, being categorized as Black, and therefore not Latino, and the negative meanings attached to Blackness may make it difficult for Afro-Latinos to come into their racial and ethnic identity and feel like they belong in Latino spaces. However, these experiences are also an important step to developing the awareness and language necessary for Afro-Latinos to discover a new way of doing race that allows them to embrace their identity and assert their belonging in the Latino community.
Nolasco, V. J. (2020). Doing Latinidad While Black: Afro-Latino Identity and Belonging. Graduate Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/3713