Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
| Editors: Anne L. C. Runehov, Lluis Oviedo

Latino Studies

  • Luis LeonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_1420

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Latina/Latino Studies: The Borderlands

The study of people of Latin America descent in the United States, or “Latina/Latino Studies,” began as part of the current of demographic and political changes in the 1960s. While college and university departments had long studied Latin American history, society, and culture, there was a dearth in the literature on the generations of Latin Americans in the United States, now numbering some 40 million. As Latinas/Latinos increasingly enrolled in institutions of American higher education, they like African Americans and feminists, demanded courses that were relevant to their own experiences. Thus, new academic departments began sprouting up first in California and then across the Southwest and into the East. Today there are dozens of both Chicana and Chicano (Mexican American) and Latina/Latino study departments across the nation. The following entry relates the topic of Latina/Latino...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Religious StudiesUniversity of DenverDenverUSA