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

ISBN 9781138296800
Published February 20, 2018 by Routledge
298 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.