Language, Immigration and Labor: Negotiating Work in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

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Language, Immigration and Labor: Negotiating Work in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

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Language, Immigration, and Labor explores dominant ideologies about citizenship, nation, and language that frame the everyday lives of Spanish-speaking immigrants in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Focussing its ethnographic research on Arizona, a state that intensely regulates transnational migrants and Spanish speakers through its immigration and language policies, this book examines the realities of intercultural communication in fast-paced job negotiations between undocumented workers and their employers. The research reveals the ways that dominant discourses reverberate down to localized social and language practices and how day laborers respond by legitimating their participation in society—a kind of cultural citizenship—and constructing identities as language learners and productive workers. -- Provided by punlisher

Keywords

Linguistic minorities -- United States, Language policy -- United States; Intercultural communication -- United States; Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects; Mexican American students -- Language; Mexico -- Languages; United States -- Ethnic relations;

Document Type

Book

ISBN

9781137301017

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

City

New York, NY

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

Object Description

xi, 184 pages ; 23 cm

Language

EN

Language, Immigration and Labor: Negotiating Work in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

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