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ERIC Number: EJ875822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0898-5898
Consuming English: How Mexican Transmigrants form Identities and Construct Symbolic Citizenship through the English-Language Program Ingles Sin Barreras [English without Barriers]
Ullman, Char
Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, v21 n1 p1-13 Mar 2010
"Ingles Sin Barreras" is an English-language program that is highly advertised on Spanish-language television in the United States, to the point that it has become a pop-culture phenomenon. In this article, I argue that few people actually use it to learn English, but instead consume it as a symbol of national belonging. This article puts ideologies from the program itself into conversation with ethnographic data from migrants who have consumed the program. "Ingles Sin Barreras" is a commodity that mystifies inequitable power relations among stakeholders, and serves as a powerful symbol of the contradictions of national belonging for migrants. By synthesizing perspectives from both the program and its users, this article explores new linkages between theories of consumption and language ideology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States