Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists
Although many depict the cultural loss as objectively detrimental, research suggests that failure to preserve cultural traditions can be a choice, and some suggest that young individuals are less likely to maintain traditions. Is whether cultural traditions persist or disappear indeed affected by such secular change? Using ethnography and survey to study age dynamics within U.S. Latinx communities, this study aims to understand how different age groups partake in the perpetuation of traditions; for example, must younger cohorts maintain cultural traditions for traditions to persist? I expect to observe that, as younger members of Latinx communities come into more direct contact with majority group outsiders, they will be less likely to maintain the traditional practices of their natal cultural group. Results of this study will better inform our understanding of shifting cultural practices in the context of cultural contact.