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  • ICAA Record ID
    841662
    TITLE
    Living Borders/Buscando America : languages of Latino self-formation / Juan Flores and George Yudice
    IMPRINT
    Durham, North Carolina : Duke University Press, 1990
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Reviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Flores, Juan and George Yudice. "Living Borders/Buscando America: Languages of Latino Self-Formation." Social Text (Durham) (1990): 57-84.
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Synopsis

Written at a time when the United States’ English-only movement was expanding, this article examines the construct of Latino identity in its social, political and aesthetic dimensions, through the struggle over language. The authors discuss different ways in which Latinos in music, literature, performance, and everyday discourse use language (e.g., interlingual puns, code switching, and other linguistic practices) in a way that is inventive, aesthetic, and politicized in order to negotiate their “border identity” in an Anglo society that praises monoculture, to affirm self-worth in the public sphere as well as to participate in the construction of a new multicultural America.

Annotations

This essay addresses the different strategies used by U.S. Latinos to resist assimilation into Anglo culture and assert their “border identity.” The authors discuss not only the creative practices of Latinos and their relationship to language, but also how the marketing sector has appropriated the linguistic practices of Latinos to address that population as a consumer market.

Researcher
Taína Caragol
Credit
“Living Borders/ Buscando America: Languages of Latino Self-Formation,” in Social Text 24, Volume 8, no. 2, pp-57-84. Copyright, 1990, Duke University Press. All rights reserved, Durham, NC