Latino Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 567–569 | Cite as

Looking like a language, sounding like a race: Raciolinguistic ideologies and the learning of Latinidad

Jonathan Rosa, Oxford University Press, New York, 2019, 312 pp., $39.95, ISBN 978-0190634735 (paperback)
  • Molly Hamm-RodríguezEmail author
Book Review

Media headlines referring to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as “three Mexican countries” (Fox News, March 2019), as well as viral videos of racist white customers threatening to call ICE after hearing Spanish spoken in public spaces show how ideologies of race and language become mapped onto places and people in ways that are both ahistorical and reductively undifferentiated. Departing from scholarly critiques of Latinx pan-ethnicity that strive to make differences within and among Latinxs intelligible, Jonathan Rosa seeks to denaturalizethe ways in which colonial logics have made language and race co-constitutive in the construction of US Latinidad. Rosa’s central argument is that racial and linguistic hierarchies—both rooted in history and renegotiated in contemporary times—operate and become co-naturalized at macro (structural) and micro (interactional) levels. With research situated in Chicago, Rosa takes a linguistic anthropological approach to analyze a range of semiotic...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA

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