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Racialization and Language

Interdisciplinary Perspectives From Perú, 1st Edition

Edited by Michele Back, Virginia Zavala


252 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics