In his introduction to being Mexican-American, Sanchez draws on Stuart Hall’s concept of cultural identity (pp. 12-13). Hall asserts that identity is entangled with “becoming and being.” You are exposed to the elements and background of the story. Explain what you think he means by becoming and being, and explain how CONTEXT fits into the American understanding of the concept of manifest destination.
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Manifest Destiny as an ideology is committed to the desire to grant human freedom and moral dignity, although pursued in different and often contradictory ways (Harrison, 2016, p. 6). Its followers attempted to implement this ideology throughout North America, leading to the development of the states of the United States of America in the 19th century. It represents the aspirations of a people tired of the British monarchy. These desires led to the growth of democracy and made America its most powerful advocate. It is essential to understand the role of racial or cultural identity in human motivation, and in the context of how time and space define identity.
Cultural identity is the invisible hand that guides how each individual lives. Groups decide how to dress, talk, eat, and mate for a long time. It is a product of time and space. As Stuart Hall argues, cultural identity is a state of being and being, both of the future and of the past (Sánchez & Sanchez, 1995, p. 12). Cultural identity is the current reality of a group, determined by its past and future. It represents the system produced by the group’s desire to adapt and survive
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