The editorial categories are research topics that have guided researchers during the recovery phase and continue to be the impetus behind the Documents Project’s digital archive and the Critical Documents book series. Developed by the project’s Editorial Board, each of the teams analyzed this framework and adapted it to their local contexts in developing their research objectives and work plans during the Recovery Phase. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.
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.
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.