About the Series
Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a critical series.
It aims to explore the emergence and consequences of concepts used to
define “Latin America” while at the same time exploring the broad in-
terplay of political, economic, and cultural practices that have shaped
Latin American worlds. Latin America, at the crossroads of competing
imperial designs and local responses, has been construed as a geocul-
tural and geopolitical entity since the nineteenth century. This series
provides a starting point to redefine Latin America as a configuration of
political, linguistic, cultural, and economic intersections that demands a
continuous reappraisal of the role of the Americas in history and of the
ongoing process of globalization and the relocation of people and cul-
tures that have characterized Latin America’s experience. Latin America
Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a forum that confronts estab-
lished geocultural constructions, rethinks area studies and disciplinary
boundaries, assesses convictions of the academy and of public policy, and
correspondingly demands that the practices through which we produce
knowledge and understanding about and from Latin America be subject
to rigorous and critical scrutiny.
As both an idea and an institution, the family has been at the heart of
Chicano/a cultural politics since the beginnings of the Chicano move-
ment in the 1960s and 1970s. In Next of Kin Richard T. Rodríguez reviews
the history of “la familia” within the movement and analyzes the poli-
tics around it, the ways it has been entangled with ideas of the commu-
nity and the extended kinship network of people with whom one shares
a cultural and spiritual identity (“la raza”), and in particular the ways it
has been mobilized by heteronormative and patriarchal discourses. He
critiques the genealogy of the family in much the same way as Foucault
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