While an inclusive Latinx studies has real intellectual justification, the move to craft Latinx rather than specifically Chicanx scholarly questions relies on presentism and adumbrates conflicts over class and citizenship. Drawing on her personal experience justifying the use of Chicano in her first book to her academic press editors, the author meditates on the politics of Latinx versus Chicanx, the pitfalls and promises of nationalist discourse, and the need to nurture and cultivate a vibrant Chicanx studies as a counter to the neocolonial tendencies of academic multiculturalism.

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