Racializing Discourse in Public and Private: Social Differentiation and the Question of Mexicanness at an Arizona High School

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Abstract

Using discourse analysis, this article explores how Mexican-American students at an Arizona high school exploited intersections of race, gender, and socioeconomic class to position themselves and their peers along a racial continuum from less to more Mexican. Thus, private social distinctions among students both mirrored and transformed publicly circulating discourses of belonging, foreignness, and civility. The findings inform understandings of the complex, day-to-day construction of race and other social categories among students in U.S. schools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-147
Number of pages18
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Keywords

  • Discourse
  • Linguistic anthropology of education
  • Macro and micro
  • Mexican-Americans
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Education

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