A Theory of Latino Partisanship: From Social to Political Identity

  • Angel Saavedra Cisneros


Through an exploration of the social and ethnic identity literatures in social psychology and comparative politics, the author arrives at a theory of Latino partisanship based on panethnic identity. Latinos, as do most people, possess a multiplicity of social identities, which differ in their political relevance. The author proposes that three relevant identities for Latinos are not mutually exclusive, but in fact, coexist among Latinos: identification with their home country, identification as a Latino (panethnic identity), and identification as American. Dual and multiple identities as well as identity complexity theories are used to explain that having both subgroup (country of origin) and superordinate (panethnic) identities allows Latinos to improve their self-worth as well as the value of the group in the multicultural US political system.


Political Party Social Identity Ethnic Identity Group Identity Democratic Party 
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  • Angel Saavedra Cisneros
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  1. 1.University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyEdinburgUSA

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