Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race

ISBN : 9780190634735

Jonathan Rosa
296 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Apr 2018
Send mail

Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race examines the emergence of linguistic and ethnoracial categories in contemporary U.S. constructions of Latinidad. The book draws from long-term ethnographic research in a Chicago high school and its surrounding communities to analyze the creation and contestation of political, ethnoracial, and linguistic borders.


Introduction: Making Latinx Identities and Managing American Anxieties
Part I: Looking like a Language: Latinx Ethnoracial Category-Making
Chapter 1: From Gangbangers and Hoes to Young Latino Professionals: Intersectional Mobility and the Ambivalent Management of Stigmatized Student Bodies
Chapter 2: I heard that Mexicans are Hispanic and Puerto Ricans are Latino: Ethnoracial Contortions, Diasporic Imaginaries, and Institutional Trajectories
Chapter 3: Latino flavors: Emblematizing, Embodying, and Enacting Latinidad
Part II: Sounding like a Race: Latinx Raciolinguistic Enregisterment
Chapter 4:They're bilingual that means they don't know the language: The Ideology of Languagelessness in Practice, Policy, and Theory
Chapter 5:Pink Cheese, Green Ghosts, Cool Arrows/Pinches Gringos Culeros: Inverted Spanglish and Latinx Raciolinguistic Enregisterment
Chapter 6:That doesn't count as a book, that's real life!: Outlaw(ed) Literacies, Criminalized Intertextualities, and Institutional Linkages
Conclusion: Hearing Limits, Voicing Possibilities

About the author: 

Jonathan Rosa is Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and, by courtesy, Departments of Anthropology and Linguistics, at Stanford University. His research analyzes the interplay between racial marginalization, linguistic stigmatization, and educational inequity. Rosa's work has appeared in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Educational Review, American Ethnologist, American Anthropologist, and the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, as well as media outlets such as MSNBC, NPR, CNN, and Univision.

The price listed on this page is the recommended retail price for Japan. When a discount is applied, the discounted price is indicated as “Discount price”. Prices are subject to change without notice.