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The Challenges of Cultural Proficiency

The Challenges of Cultural Proficiency for the African-American-Mexican Woman in los Estados Unidos

by Ana V. Thorne, PhD

Navigation of the social, racial, and ethnic strata of the Estados Unidos requires a degree of cultural proficiency on the part of its citizens, especially those of color. Cultural proficiency lies within the paradigm of identify formation against a backdrop of color coding, culture clash, and the social construction of race. This ethnographic narrative reveals direct correlations of lived experiences to larger social, political, and cultural accounts that shape aspects of a mixed-race identity. This work connects the race, space, and place of the individual in a dialogue with the intersecting arenas of critical race theory, interracial marriage, and history. These social formation arenas determine the scope and complexities of cultural proficiency that inform the characteristics implicated in the evolution of a Blaxicana identity.

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About the Author

Collectif Ana ThorneANA THORNE, joined MSMU in 2012 and teaches English, cultural studies, film/media studies, and creative writing. She is a reviewer for the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Program (AGLSP) publications, Confluence, Western Tributaries, and for Common Ground Research Networks’ social sciences publication. Thorne’s short story, “Miss Mimi’s Charm School,” appears in the anthology, Stories Through the Ages: Baby Boomers Plus 2018. Other short stories appeared in the Santa Fe Online Journal and Two Hawks Quarterly. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University.


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