TITLE

CHANGED IDENTITIES: A RACIAL PORTRAIT OF TWO EXTENDED FAMILIES, 1909-PRESENT

AUTHOR(S)
HASLIP-VIERA, GABRIEL
PUB. DATE
April 2009
SOURCE
Centro Journal;Spring2009, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p36
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article traces how the official and personal racial trajectories of two extended families from Puerto Rico changed in the period from 1909 to the present as a result of migration and the alterations that took place in government policies with regard to how race and ethnicity were defined. The article also shows how racial categories for individuals and entire households could be change at the whim of government bureaucrats or by family members when certain opportunities arose as a result of changes in economic, social, marital, and/or professional status. The relative inefficiency of official recording systems and the unreliability of racial statistics for Puerto Ricans and other Latin's is also demonstrated.
ACCESSION #
42845706

 

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