1st Edition

Racialization and Language Interdisciplinary Perspectives From Perú

Edited By Michele Back, Virginia Zavala Copyright 2019
    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on frameworks from applied linguistics and critical discourse analysis, this volume employs a linguistics approach to understanding race and racism in Latin America, with a particular focus on Peru. Building on recent debates in Peru on cultural and biological definitions of race, the book seeks to re-examine the relationship between race and culture not as a dichotomy but as one rooted in and shaped by specific historical moments. Similarly, the volume uses this discussion as a jumping-off point from which to explore notions of identity informed by language as used in local context, rather than as a fixed social category. Offering new perspectives on discursive practices of race and racism in Peru and Latin America, this collection is key reading for students and researchers in sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, anthropology, and Latin American studies.

    Chapter 1. The production of racialized discourses: An introduction

    Michele Back & Virginia Zavala

    Chapter 2. "We are a distinct race that can accomplish everything:"

    Enterprise, education, and new racial concepts in neoliberal Peru

    Leonor Lamas

    Chapter 3. Racism and social interaction in a southern Peruvian combi

    Margarita Huayhua

    Chapter 4. Processes of racialization after political violence:

    The discourse of marginality in the community of Chapi, Ayacucho

    Nathalie Koc-Menard

    Chapter 5. Language ideologies and racialization: A study of secondary students in Lima

    Ylse Mesía

    Chapter 6. From racism to racialization: Arguments regarding inequality in Peru

    Víctor Vich and Virginia Zavala

    Chapter 7. Negotiations of Peruvian identity: Magaly Solier and the Andean woman

    Eunice Cortez

    Chapter 8. Amixer detected!: Identities and racism in Peruvian cyberspace

    Roberto Brañez

    Chapter 9. Race and linguistic essentialism on Peruvian Twitter

    Michele Back

    Chapter 10. Racist practices in virtual democracy: Constructing the "ppkausa" on Facebook

    Isabel Wong

    Afterword. Racialization processes and geopolitical empistemologies

    Mariana Achugar


    Michele Back is Assistant Proefssor of World Languages Education at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, USA.

    Virginia Zavala is Professor of Linguistics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.