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Oxf Studies in Anthropology of Language

Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race

Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad

Jonathan Rosa

Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race

Oxf Studies in Anthropology of Language

Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race

Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad

Oxf Studies in Anthropology of Language: Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race

 

Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race examines the emergence of linguistic and ethnoracial categories in contemporary U.S. constructions of Latinidad. The book draws from long-term ethnographic research in a Chicago high school and its surrounding communities to analyze the creation and contestation of political, ethnoracial, and linguistic borders.


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Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race examines the emergence of linguistic and ethnoracial categories in the context of Latinidad. The book draws from more than twenty-four months of ethnographic and sociolinguistic fieldwork in a Chicago public school, whose student body is more than 90% Mexican and Puerto Rica, to analyze the racialization of language and its relationship to issues of power and national identity. It focuses specifically on youth
socialization to U.S. Latinidad as a contemporary site of political anxiety, raciolinguistic transformation, and urban inequity.
Jonathan Rosa's account studies the fashioning of Latinidad in Chicago's highly segregated Near Northwest Side; he links public discourse concerning the rising prominence of U.S. Latinidad to the institutional management and experience of raciolinguistic identities there. Anxieties surrounding Latinx identities push administrators to transform 'at risk' Mexican and Puerto Rican students into 'young Latino professionals.' This institutional effort, which requires students to learn to be and,
importantly, sound like themselves in highly studied ways, reveals administrators' attempts to navigate a precarious urban terrain in a city grappling with some of the nation's highest youth homicide, dropout, and teen pregnancy rates. Though seemingly well-intentioned, the result for these youths is
often an inauthentic, conflicted identity. Rosa explores the ingenuity of his research participants' responses to these forms of marginalization through the contestation of political, ethnoracial, and linguistic borders.


ISBN
9780190634728
Pagina's
296
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Oxf Studies in Anthropology of Language
NUR
300
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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