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Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479805198

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479805198.001.0001

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“Citizenship Takes Practice”

“Citizenship Takes Practice”

Latina/o Youth, JROTC, and the Performance of Citizenship

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Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies

Gina Pérez

NYU Press

Beginning in the mid-1990s, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs (JROTC) have enjoyed considerable expansion in low-income schools and schools serving communities of color. Latina/o youth have increasingly joined the ranks of JROTC and have served in key leadership roles in the program. This ethnographic study explores the experiences of Latina/o youth in one JROTC program in Northeast Ohio. While debates about JROTC are often polarized, ethnography offers a nuanced understanding of the reasons why Latina/o youth and their families participate and embrace the program. Concerns about citizenship are one of the many reasons why JROTC appeals to Latina/o communities who see the program and the affiliation to the US military as a way to challenge stigmatizing discourses affecting their communities.

Keywords:   citizenship, Latina/o youth, JROTC, Ohio, ethnography

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