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White Kids
Language, Race, and Styles of Youth Identity

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  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521692045

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  • In White Kids, Mary Bucholtz investigates how white teenagers use language to display identities based on race and youth culture. Focusing on three youth styles – preppies, hip hop fans, and nerds – Bucholtz shows how white youth use a wealth of linguistic resources, from social labels to slang, from Valley Girl speech to African American English, to position themselves in the school's racialized social order. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in a multiracial urban California high school, the book also demonstrates how European American teenagers talk about race when discussing interracial friendship and difference, narrating racialized fear and conflict, and negotiating their own ethnoracial classification. The first book to use techniques of linguistic analysis to examine the construction of diverse white identities, it will be welcomed by researchers and students in linguistics, anthropology, ethnic studies and education.

    • A powerful contribution to current sociolinguistic research on identity and style
    • Illustrates a range of methodologies and linguistic phenomena and so can be used as a supplemental text in a variety of courses
    • Its interdisciplinary scope makes it useful to readers from various fields
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "White Kids, poignant, funny, and timely, shows us how adolescents work on identities in a racialized world with immense depth and precision."
    Jane H. Hill, Regents' Professor (Emerita), University of Arizona

    "A hugely anticipated book from one of the most articulate voices in 21st century sociolinguistics. Full of compelling evidence for how attention to language and social interaction can tell us so much (new) about youth identities."
    Alexandra Georgakopoulou, King's College London

    "… Bucholtz's conclusions open up new possibilities for further research and examination of the ways in which white teens choose and display their identity. Highly recommended."

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521692045
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 9 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. White styles: language, race, and youth identities
    2. Listening to whiteness: researching language and race in a California high school
    3. Cliques, crowds, and crews: social labels in racial space
    4. Say word?: Race and style in white teenage slang
    5. I'm like yeah but she's all no: innovative quotative markers and preppy whiteness
    6. Pretty fly for a white guy: European American hip hop fans and African American English
    7. We're through being cool: white nerds, superstandard English, and the rejection of trendiness
    8. 'Not that I'm racist': strategies of colorblindness in talk about race and friendship
    9. White on black: narratives of fear and resentment
    10. 'I guess I'm white': ethnoracial labels and the problem of whiteness
    11. Conclusion: audible whiteness.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Intro to Linguistic Anthropology, Language Ideologies & cultural Identities
    • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • Language Varieties in American Schools
    • Language and Race: Constructing the Self and Imagining the Other in the U.S. and Beyond
    • Language, Identity and Racism
    • Language, Youth, and Identity
    • Literacy
    • Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • Style and Performance
    • Teaching Diverse Learners
    • Whiteness and Race
    • Youth and Cultural Reproduction
  • Author

    Mary Bucholtz, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Mary Bucholtz is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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