Courses: Language and the Immigrant Experience in the US (ANTHH237A01)

Fall 2010

This course will focus on the role that both ideas about language and actual languages practices mutually play in (re)creating national identity and the racialized politics of national belonging. This focus allows students to understand a range of key and interrelated issues, including: the political agendas undergirding different theories of immigrant “incorporation” (assimilation, acculturation, transnationalism); the forms of racism embedded in the hierarchical valuation of different “Englishes” (standard, African American, Chicano); the importance of symbolic practices in creating and challenging power relations. The course will explore the similarities and differences between the politics and experience of U.S. Latino/as and Latin American immigrants and immigrant groups from other national and socioeconomic class backgrounds.

Prerequisites: none

Fulfills: SO I


Anthropology (Web site)

Taught By

Hilary Dick (Profile)


Haverford, Shrp 410

Meeting Times

M 1:30-4:00