1st Edition

Feeling It Language, Race, and Affect in Latinx Youth Learning

    298 Pages
    by Routledge

    298 Pages
    by Routledge

    Feeling It brings together twelve chapters from researchers in Chicanx studies, education, feminist studies, linguistics, and translation studies to offer a cohesive yet broad-ranging exploration of the issue of affect in the language and learning experiences of Latinx youth. Drawing on data from an innovative social justice-oriented university-community partnership based in young people’s social agency and their linguistic and cultural expertise, the contributors are unified by their focus on a single year in the history of this partnership; their analytic focus on race, language, and affect in educational contexts; and their shared commitment to ethnography, discourse analysis, and qualitative methods, informed by participatory and social justice paradigms for research with youth of color.

    Designed specifically for use in courses, with theoretical framing by the co-editors and ethnographic contributions from leading and emergent scholars, this book is an important and timely resource on affect, race, and social justice in the United States. Thanks to its interdisciplinary grounding, Feeling It will be of interest to future teachers and to researchers and students in applied linguistics, education, and Latinx studies, as well as related fields such as anthropology, communication, social psychology, and sociology.

    Chapter 1

    You Feel Me?: Language and Youth Affective Agency in a Racializing World

    Mary Bucholtz, Dolores Inés Casillas, and Jin Sook Lee


    Part 1: Teaching, Learning, and the Affective Challenges of Social Justice

    Chapter 2

    "Just" Emotions: The Politics of Racialized and Gendered Affect in a Graduate Sociolinguistic Justice Classroom

    Rachel Rys

    Chapter 3

    Joint Creation: The Art of Accompaniment in the Language Beliefs of Transformative Teachers

    Elizabeth Mainz

    Chapter 4

    Sounding White and Boring: Race, Identity, and Youth Freedom in an After-School Program

    Anna Bax and Juan Sebastian Ferrada


    Part 2: Ideologies of Race and Language in the Lives of Youth

    Chapter 5

    "There’s No Such Thing as Bad Language, but…": Colorblindness and Teachers’ Ideologies of Linguistic Appropriateness

    Jessica Love-Nichols

    Chapter 6

    "I Feel Like Really Racist for Laughing": White Laughter and White Public Space in a Multiracial Classroom

    Meghan Corella

    Chapter 7

    "You Don’t Look Like You Speak English": Raciolinguistic Profiling and Latinx Youth Agency

    Adanari Zarate

    Chapter 8

    The Complexities in Seguir Avanzando: Incongruences between the Linguistic Ideologies of Students and Their Familias

    Zuleyma Nayeli Carruba-Rogel


    Part 3: Youth as Affective Agents

    Chapter 9

    Keeping Grandpa’s Stories and Grandma’s Recipes Alive: Exploring Family Language Policy in an Academic Preparation Program

    Tijana Hirsch

    Chapter 10

    "Without Me, That Wouldn’t Be Possible": Affect in Latinx Youth Discussions of Language Brokering

    Audrey Lopez

    Chapter 11

    "To Find the Right Words": Bilingual Students’ Reflections on Translation and Translatability

    Katie Lateef-Jan

    Chapter 12

    Co-Constructing Academic Concepts in Hybrid Learning Spaces: Latinx Students’ Navigation of "Communities of Practice"

    María José Aragón

    Chapter 13

    After Affects

    Mary Bucholtz, Dolores Inés Casillas, and Jin Sook Lee


    Mary Bucholtz is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She was the founding director and is currently an associate director of SKILLS (School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society), UCSB’s academic outreach, research, and social justice program.

    Dolores Inés Casillas is Associate Professor in Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also an associate director of SKILLS.

    Jin Sook Lee is Professor of Education in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the current director of SKILLS.

    "How do Latinx youth feel language and race? By bringing affect into the open, Bucholtz, Casillas and Lee focus on an aspect that has been formerly ignored. This book is not just about emotions; it is about promoting 'just' emotions that enable readers to feel the embodied responses of youth so that we can accompany them as they learn and live."
    Ofelia García, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

    "Feeling It represents the heart, soul, sweat and tears of a dedicated community at the intersection of race, language, learning and affective agency. This cutting-edge volume reimagines current educational arrangements and offers us innovative, inspirational models of what transformative, sociolinguistic justice work looks like. We so desperately need this work."
    H. Samy Alim, University of California, Los Angeles

    "In a time of heightened anti-immigrant policies and exclusionary discourses in the public sphere, Feeling It humanizes the experiences of Latinx youth and their families. Through an inspired collection of new voices in social justice oriented research, the book models how to integrate affect, language, and race in teaching and learning."
    Patricia Baquedano-López, University of California, Berkeley