SPEAKING FOR THE FUTURE: Statistics, Electoral Demonstrations and Latino Sleeping Giants
November 20, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
601 South Morgan Street, Chicago, Illinois
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Presenter : Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz, Brown University
As part of a broader dissertation project on national Latino civil rights and advocacy organizations, I document nonpartisan efforts to awaken and leverage the so-called Latino "sleeping giant" in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Specifically, I focus on the statistically mediated relationship between spokespersons and public demonstrations of "Latino power." As I trace empirically, demonstrations do not only refer to protests and marches; they also include censuses, elections, and other large scale events that seem to validate, at once and irrefutably, both the ontological existence "Latinos," as a collective and coherent entity, and a future in which this population has realized its full political potential. Drawing on the writings of Bourdieu, Latour, Beltran, and others, I reflect on the complexities, contingencies, and contradictions inherent in attempts to speak on behalf of the many and a tomorrow yet to be.
Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Brown University. He received an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. His research on Puerto Rican activism in Chicago’s immigrant rights movement appears in the volume, ¡Marcha!: Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement (2010, University of Illinois Press). He is also a co-guest editor of a special issue of Qualitative Sociology on Actor-Network Theory. His research interests include knowledge and culture, Latino identity formation and ethno racial politics, coloniality, social and political theory, and ethnographic methodologies.
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