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Their language, our Spanish

Introducing public discourses of 'Gringoism' as racializing linguistic and cultural reappropriation

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This study exposes 'gringo Spanish' as a discursive site for the reproduction of privilege, racism and social order in White public spaces. I begin my arguments by exploring Whiteness, doing so by unpacking what I term 'Gringoism', which involves the active celebration of a White, monolingual (un)consciousness through particular linguistic and cultural performance. Brief analysis of one particular educational text (Harvey 1990/2003) supports greater discussions of indexicality, intersubjectivity, the elevation of Whiteness and discourses of 'making sense' of Spanish-speaking Others. The study closes with implications for the field of Mexican American studies, which in turn offers considerations for scholars studying Spanish within greater educational, anthropological and socio-cultural contexts.
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Keywords: CULTURE; DISCOURSE; EDUCATION; GRINGOISM; IDENTITY; INDEXICALITY; INTERSUBJECTIVITY; LANGUAGE; MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES; PRIVILEGE; RACISM; REAPPROPRIATION; SPACE; WHITENESS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2008

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