Racing Language and Languaging Race in Hyperracial Times
This chapter outlines the central goals and concerns of the emerging field of language and race, or raciolinguistics. It begins by articulating a commitment to analyzing language and race together rather than as discrete and unconnected social processes. The chapter then makes numerous calls for researchers to look comparatively across ethnoracial and linguistic contexts to better understand the role of language in maintaining and challenging racism as a global system of capitalist oppression; to emphasize the linguistic and discursive construction of race and ethnicity while at the same time noting their endurance as social realities for subjugated racial and ethnic minorities; to consider the complexities of racialization within the rapidly changing demographic shifts and technological advances of the twenty-first century; and, finally, to develop antiracist strategies that impact public discourses on language, race, and education in what I refer to as “hyperracial” times.
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