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date: 17 October 2019

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To understand the realities and complexities of Latinas’ multidimensionality of identities, this chapter addresses the different sociocontextual considerations and cultural dimensions and roles with which they contend. Implementing a gender-cultural strength lens, the ways by which Latinas infuse their multiplicity of identities as a strength-based and powerful process are examined. Through the bridging of Latinas’ cultural and familial costumbres, valores, y practicas culturales (customs, values, and cultural practices), the chapter emphasizes the energetically spiritual transmissions of Latinas’ internal strength patron (blueprint) while (re)defining una buena mujer and the process of tranformation to una Latina poderosa (a powerful Latina).

Keywords: Latinas, identities, cultural values, with-group heterogeneity, gender roles, spirituality, mestizaj

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