Ready Player Juan
Latinx Masculinities and Stereotypes in Video Games
The book employs an intersectional approach through performance theory, border studies, and lived experience to analyze the designed identity “Player Juan.” Player Juan manifests in video game representations through a discourse of criminality that sets expectations of who and what Latinxs can be and do. Developing an original approach to video game experiences, the author theorizes video games as border crossings, and defines a new concept—digital mestizaje—that pushes players, readers, and scholars to deploy a Latinx way of seeing and that calls on researchers to consider a digital object’s constructive as well as destructive qualities.
“This book offers a lovely, balanced account of the structures, experiences, realities, and other narratives that inform Latinx gaming. Those of us working in this domain recognize this book is propelling forward conversations around gender, race/ethnicity, decoloniality, media studies, game studies, cultural studies, and so many others. This author is an innovative thinker who is on track record of breaking new, important ground.”—Kishonna L. Gray, author of Intersectional Tech: Black Users in Digital Gaming