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A Sociolinguistics of Diaspora

Latino Practices, Identities, and Ideologies, 1st Edition

Edited by Rosina Márquez Reiter, Luisa Martín Rojo


208 pages

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This volume brings together scholars in sociolinguistics and the sociology of new media and mobile technologies who are working on different social and communicative aspects of the Latino diaspora. There is new interest in the ways in which migrants negotiate and renegotiate identities through their continued interactions with their own culture back home, in the host country, in similar diaspora elsewhere, and with the various "new" cultures of the receiving country. This collection focuses on two broad political and social contexts: the established Latino communities in urban settings in North America and newer Latin American communities in Europe and the Middle East. It explores the role of migration/diaspora in transforming linguistic practices, ideologies, and identities.


"A welcome contribution to the emerging body of work in sociolinguistics more generally and the sociolinguistics of Latino cultures more specifically." -- Bernadette O’Rourke, Heriot-Watt University, UK

"The text as a whole is more than just a collection of studies on Latino diaspora across the globe. It is a reconceptualization of language in society, illuminating how ideology and identity are always embedded in language practices. The studies included in this volume have far-reaching implications and are essential for both novice and experienced researchers alike." -- Benjamin Kinsella and Nydia Flores-Ferran, Rutgers University, USA

"An excellent contribution to theorizing the sociolinguistics of globalization." -- Vineeta Chand, University of Essex, UK

"As international migration becomes an increasingly prominent feature of societies the world over, it is clear that innovation in language education and related fields will be greatly enhanced by serious attention to diaspora as a legitimate construct and space for sociolinguistic inquiry, and the studies that constitute this volume provide a though-provoking starting point." -- Ava Becker-Zayas, University of British Columbia, Canada

Table of Contents

Introduction: Exploring Latin American Communities across Regions and Communicative Arenas Rosina Márquez Reiter and Luisa Martín Rojo Part I: Established Communities 1. Ethnolinguistic Identities and Ideologies among Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and "MexiRicans" in Chicago Kim Potowski 2. Nuevo Chicago?: Language, Diaspora, and Latina/o Panethnic Formations Jonathan Rosa 3. Language Ideologies and Practices in a Transnational Community: Spanish Language Radio and Latino identities in the US Anna De Fina 4. Queer [email protected] Networks: Languages, Identities, and the Ties That Bind Holly R. Cashman Part II: Emergent Communities 5. The Dynamics of (Im)Mobility: (In)Transient Capitals and Linguistic Ideologies among Latin American Migrants in London and Madrid Rosina Márquez Reiter and Luisa Martín Rojo 6. On Being Colombian in La Sagrada Familia Neighborhood: The Negotiation of Identities and the Construction of Authenticity Adriana Patiño-Santos 7. The Use of Deixis in the Oral Narratives of Latin American Immigrants in Italy Maria Vittoria Calvi 8. Language Ideologies and Latinidad at a Latin American School in London Sophie Kelsall 9. The Deterritorialization of Latino Educación: Noncitizen Latinos in Israel and the Everyday Diasporic Subject Alejandro I. Paz Part III: Virtual Communities 10. Staying in Touch with my Mobile Phone in my Pocket and Internet in the Cafés Jane Vincent 11. The Joint Construction of a Supra-national Identity in the Latin American Blogging Community in Quebec Bettina Kluge Afterword: The Sociolinguistics of Latino Diasporas Ofelia García

About the Editors

Rosina Márquez Reiter is Reader in the School of English and Languages at the University of Surrey, UK.

Luisa Martín Rojo is Professor of Linguistics at the Universidad Autónoma, Spain.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism

Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism is devoted to the publishing of original research, of global scope and relevance, which incorporates critical and post-structuralist perspectives. The series also seeks to reflect different strands of empirical work which are interpretive, ethnographic and multimodal in nature and which embrace new epistemologies and new research methods.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Hispanic American Studies