The Latinx Studies Guide contains a wealth of interdisciplinary information for historians, sociologists, demographers, linguists, and more, seeking to take a deep dive into Latinx studies. Readers can connect to contemporary articles to learn about politics, culture, and more; or historical resources, including newspapers, to look back into the rich world of Latinx culture.
In regards to the use of the terms “Latinx” and “Chicanx” (as opposed to “Latino/Chicano” or “Latina/Chicana”), the author of the Guide remarks:
…we believe these terms are the most inclusive options available today. By using these terms, we promote, support, and emphasize the intersecting identities of Latin American and/or South America descendants living in the United States.
These terms: 1) reinforce the belonging to all racial backgrounds, and as Tanisha Love Ramirez pointed out, “make room for people who are trans, queer, agender, non-binary, gender non-conforming or gender fluid”; 2) promote a cohesive postcolonial identity by confronting a language (and a legacy) imposed on the Americas by European traditions, and 3) recognize all of “nuestra gente” (our people) that conform this complex culture.
In addition to the information presented in the Guide, subject liaison Miguel Valladares-Llata is available for research consultations over Zoom.