This introductory chapter defines what being tico means in Costa Rica, demonstrating its equation with an exclusive and exclusionary national identity that revolves around race, class, religion, and the myth of a common ancestry. It goes on to detail those groups and communities that have traditionally been excluded from the normative conception of Costa Rica’s national identity, such as people of colour, women, and LGBTQ+ peoples. It includes the book’s key arguments and outlines the chapter structures.
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