Panethnicity as a Reactive Identity: Primary Panethnic Identification among Latino-Hispanics in the United States

Ethnic and Racial Studies (2020), DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1752392

Posted: 18 Aug 2020

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Daniel Martinez

University of Arizona - Department of Sociology

Kelsey Gonzalez

School of Sociology

Date Written: April 20, 2020

Abstract

Research finds willingness to identify on panethnic terms is increasing among people of Latin American descent in the United States, as is the assertion of Latino-Hispanic panethnicity as a primary identity. The 2013 National Survey of Latinos found that one-fifth of respondents identified most often as “Hispanic/Latino” rather than with a “Hispanic origin term” or as “American.” Drawing on these data, we examine the sociodemographic factors associated with primary panethnic identification (PPI). We find that Democratic Party affiliation and Mexican heritage increase the overall likelihood of PPI. Having less than a high school education, identifying racially as “Hispanic/Latino” or “other race,” Spanish fluency, being a first-generation immigrant, and non-citizenship increase the likelihood of PPI over “American.” These results suggest Latino-Hispanic panethnicity may represent a reactive identity associated with politicization, marginalization, and racialization. Many Latino-Hispanics in the United States are opting for a racialized primary panethnic identity over an “American” identity.

Keywords: panethnicity, latinos, hispanics, race, ethnicity, racialization

Suggested Citation

Martinez, Daniel and Gonzalez, Kelsey, Panethnicity as a Reactive Identity: Primary Panethnic Identification among Latino-Hispanics in the United States (April 20, 2020). Ethnic and Racial Studies (2020), DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1752392, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3585142

Daniel Martinez (Contact Author)

University of Arizona - Department of Sociology ( email )

United States

Kelsey Gonzalez

School of Sociology

400 Social Science
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

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