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Exposing prejudice : Puerto Rican experiences of language, race, and class

Author: Bonnie Urciuoli
Publisher: Long Grove, IL : Waveland Press, [2013]
Series: Institutional structures of feeling.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Puerto Ricans in the United States, like other migrant minorities, face an array of linguistic judgments. They are told their English is "impure" or "broken" because it has been "mixed" with Spanish. In short, Puerto Ricans in the United States are told that the origins of their economic and social problems are linguistic and can be remedied through personal efforts, when in fact their fundamental problems stem from  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bonnie Urciuoli
ISBN: 1478607122 9781478607120
OCLC Number: 896980582
Notes: Reprint. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1996.
Description: x, 222 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Racialization and language --
Visions of disorder: how Puerto Ricans became racialized --
The political topography of bilingualism --
Good English as symbolic capital --
The race/class/language map.
Series Title: Institutional structures of feeling.
Responsibility: Bonnie Urciuoli.

Abstract:

Puerto Ricans in the United States, like other migrant minorities, face an array of linguistic judgments. They are told their English is "impure" or "broken" because it has been "mixed" with Spanish. In short, Puerto Ricans in the United States are told that the origins of their economic and social problems are linguistic and can be remedied through personal efforts, when in fact their fundamental problems stem from racial and class exclusion. Concepts like "mixed" or "broken" languages and "good" and "bad" English are cultural constructions and therefore are about more than language. In the Puerto Rican experience of devaluation and prejudice in the United States, the institutionalization of racial exclusion and class location are mapped onto English and Spanish in complex and highly politicized ways. Formal linguistic studies of bilingualism rarely engage this process in a significant way. But the place, function, and meaning of cultural constructs within the politicized communicative economy must be understood in terms of the intersections of race, class, and language that shape the lives of working-class Puerto Ricans. Working from ethnographic studies and interviews done on New York's Lower East Side and in the Bronx, this book examines those intersections in detail.

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