Beyond Latino: A Multidimensional Approach to Ethnic Identity (IML Honors Thesis Project)
Research on Latino identity has utilized 2 distinct approaches. The mainstream approach has focused on universal properties associated with ethnic and racial identities. In contrast, the underground approach has focused on documenting the qualitative meaning of being Latino American, with an emphasis on the unique cultural and historical experiences of Latinos.
The Multidimensional Model of Racial Identity (MMRI) represents a synthesis of the strengths of these two approaches. The underlying assumptions associated with the model are explored. The model proposes 4 dimensions of Latino identity: salience, centrality, regard, and ideology. A description of these dimensions is provided along with a discussion of how they interact to influence behavior at the level of the event.
My research also questions the practice theory of academia and journalism by seeking a virtuous middle path between the excesses of methodological individualism and those of its logical opposite, methodological holism the explanation of phenomena by means of structures or social wholes (Ryan 1970). My research model has the potential to make contributions to traditional research objectives, as well as to provide a new framework for understanding racial/ethnic identity.
B.A., Print Journalism
Web, Video, Interactivity