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Law and Gender

1998

University of New Mexico

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Religious Rituals And Latcrit Theorizing, Margaret E. Montoya Jan 1998

Religious Rituals And Latcrit Theorizing, Margaret E. Montoya

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After the first annual LatCrit conference held at La Jolla, California, Professor Keith Aoki observed that "issues of religion and spirituality are submerged not far below the surface of emerging Latina/o Critical Theory." He proposed that LatCrits begin to "unbracket" religious affiliation and identity in the construction and representation of individual and group racial identities. Professor Aoki further posited that "[i]n a paradoxical way, religion simultaneously may be both more and less difficult to voluntarily discard than race, language or nationality as a constitutive element of one's individual and group identity.