ERIC Number: EJ1084098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Countering Anti-Immigrant Discourses in the New Latino South: "Nos Mascan Pero No Nos Tragan"
Fitts, Shanan; McClure, Greg
Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, v12 n4 p231-255 2015
The increased visibility of immigrant communities in the southeastern United States coupled with the economic recession has led to a proliferation of anti-immigrant policies and contributed to a climate which positions Latin@ immigrants and the Spanish language as foreign or threatening. In this article, we examine language ideologies related to Latin@ immigrants that are prevalent in rural communities in North Carolina. We explore which language ideologies circulate and how these are incorporated into coherent Discourses. Data for this qualitative study include 42 in-depth interviews with immigrant and nonimmigrant residents. Findings indicate tensions between the ideologies of English monolingualism as inherently "American" and individual self-determination, including language choice, as integral to Appalachian culture. Although current social policies seek to marginalize immigrant communities, many participants worked to dispel negative perceptions of immigrants, challenge dominant Discourses that circumscribe Latin@ identity, and develop understanding between local residents and the immigrant community.
Descriptors: Immigrants, Immigration, Hispanic Americans, Qualitative Research, Discourse Analysis, Economic Factors, Spanish, Second Languages, Interviews, English, Language Attitudes, Self Determination, Public Policy, Disadvantaged, Self Concept, Negative Attitudes, Rural Areas, State Legislation, Monolingualism, Bilingualism, Language Usage, Family Environment
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina