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Published: 17 January 2019

296 Pages


ISBN: 9780190634728

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Winner of the 2020 AAAL First Book Award

Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race

Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad

Jonathan Rosa

Oxford Studies in the Anthropology of Language

  • The first monograph to use a 'raciolinguistic perspective' that attends to the co-naturalization of language and race
  • Rosa's raciolinguistic perspective examines the categories of race, ethnicity, and language as products of long-standing colonial distinctions
  • Challenges distinctions between race and ethnicity in Latinx culture, and argues that the racialization of Latinx (a gender non-binary way of referring to 'Latina/o') language requires a careful consideration of race
  • Advances a critique of the U.S. as a fundamentally racist society built on histories of settler colonialism and enslavement, and approaches institutions such as public schools as central sites in which white supremacy is enacted and reproduced