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Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas About Race (Hardback)
  • Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas About Race (Hardback)

Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas About Race (Hardback)

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Hardback 376 Pages / Published: 08/12/2016
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Raciolinguistics reveals the central role that language plays in shaping our ideas about race. The book brings together a team of leading scholars-working both within and beyond the United States-to share powerful, much-needed research that helps us understand the increasingly vexed relationships between race, ethnicity, and language in our rapidly changing world. Combining the innovative, cutting-edge approaches of race and ethnic studies with fine-grained linguistic analyses, chapters cover a wide range of topics including the language use of African American Jews and the struggle over the very term "African American," the racialized language education debates within the increasing number of "majority-minority" immigrant communities as well as Indigenous communities in the U.S., the dangers of multicultural education in a Europe that is struggling to meet the needs of new migrants, and the sociopolitical and cultural meanings of linguistic styles used in Brazilian favelas, South African townships, Mexican and Puerto Rican barrios in Chicago, and Korean American "cram schools," among other sites. With rapidly changing demographics in the U.S.-population resegregation, shifting Asian and Latino patterns of immigration, new African American (im)migration patterns, etc.-and changing global cultural and media trends (from global Hip Hop cultures, to transnational Mexican popular and street cultures, to Israeli reality TV, to new immigration trends across Africa and Europe, for example)-Raciolinguistics shapes the future of studies on race, ethnicity, and language. By taking a comparative look across a diverse range of language and literacy contexts, the volume seeks not only to set the research agenda in this burgeoning area of study, but also to help resolve pressing educational and political problems in some of the most contested racial, ethnic, and linguistic contexts in the world.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190625696
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 650 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 30 mm

Alim, Rickford and Ball have assembled an excellent set of essays that challenge the way we construct social reality. The combined force of the book is more than academic. It is a call for action in the political realm and in our personal interactions ... The book admirably introduces readers to a new field of inquiry and opens up vistas for potential future research on the questions it raises. * Larry L. LaFond, Linguist *
All the authors were adept at portraying the linguistic landscape related to race, challenging assumptions about connections between race and language, and at providing new intellectual contributions regarding raciolinguistics. They help us understand the increasing complexities of a changing world, and to envision how to make that world a more hospitable place for all. * Larry L. LaFond, Linguist *
Though taking differing approaches, the essays work together toward the same goal, which is to explore the complex relationships between language and race. Discussion of contemporary topics such as rap and hip-hop music, new media, and reality television will appeal to college students (of traditional age), and the writing style throughout the book is relatively approachable. This book is particularly valuable given the transition from Barack Obamas administration to that of Donald Trump, since presidential policies affect not only the US but also the rest of the world. * K. C. Williams, Choice *

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