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This chapter examines two elements that are central to Díaz’s interventions into contemporary Latino/a cultural politics. The first is Diaz’s critical and assertive engagement with Latinidad and how this position impacts his work as well as his political involvements and activism. The second is Diaz’s consistent critique of capitalism, which is best appreciated as a critique of the simultaneity of global racism and capitalism, which touches on all aspects of contemporary society and Latinos’ position in it. These two strands are informed by Diaz’s keen ethnographic eye, as both a social observer and active participant of contemporary Latino cultural politics. This chapter contends that Diaz has thus crafted a praxis-oriented and antidiscursive Latino/a political project, a project that puts him in conversation with ethnic studies scholars, activists, and grassroots cultural workers creating progressive political imaginaries.

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