TITLE

The Latinization of Orlando: Language, Whiteness, and the Politics of Place

AUTHOR(S)
DELERME, SIMONE
PUB. DATE
October 2013
SOURCE
Centro Journal;Fall2013, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p60
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Since the mid-1980s the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area has experienced an influx of Puerto Rican migrants, which resulted in the Latinization of the region. But, how do non-Hispanic residents respond to demographic changes that impact their daily lives? I explore the "contact zones" where non-Hispanic whites encounter Hispanics, and confront the region's changing soundscape. I argue that Hispanic migration and the hyper-presence of the Spanish language leads to the articulation of language ideologies, the reaffirmation and strategic deployment of a white racial identity by non-Hispanic whites, and the racialization of Hispanics as non-white. Thus, theories and attitudes about difference are not only refined in these social spaces, but also provide an opportunity to understand the creation of white racial consciousness and the ways that language ideologies mediate racialization and Latinization processes.
ACCESSION #
95780540

 

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