Racing Translingualism in Composition
276 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:15 Sep 2022

Racing Translingualism in Composition

Toward a Race-Conscious Translingualism

Edited by Tom Do and Karen Rowan
Utah State University Press
Racing Translingualism provides both theoretical and pedagogical reconsiderations of the translingual approach to language diversity by addressing the intersections of race and translingualism.
This collection extends the disciplinary conversations about translingualism by foregrounding the role race and racism play in the construction and maintenance of language differences. In doing so, the contributors examine the co-naturalization of race and language in order to theorize a race-conscious translingual praxis. The book begins by offering generative critiques of translingualism, centering on the ways in which the approach’s democratic orientation to language avoids issues of race, language, and power and appeals to colorblind racist tropes of equal opportunity. Following these critiques, contributors demonstrate the important intersections of race and translingualism by drawing upon voices typically marginalized by monolingual language ideologies and pedagogies. Finally, Racing Translingualism concludes by attending to the pedagogical implications of a race-conscious translingual praxis in writing and literacy education.
Making the case for race-conscious, rather than colorblind, theories and pedagogies, Racing Translingualism offers a unique take on how translingualism is theorized and practiced and moves the field forward through its direct consideration of the links between language, race, and racism.
Contributors: Lindsey Albracht, Steven Alvarez, Bethany Davila, Tom Do, Jaclyn Hilberg, Bruce Horner, Aja Martinez, Esther Milu, Stephanie Mosher, Yasmine Romero, Karen Rowan, Rachael Shapiro, Shawanda Stewart, Brian Stone, Victor Villanueva, Missy Watson
‘An essential, must-read for all composition teachers and scholars interested in nuanced theorizations of both language and race and their interconnectedness. The field needs an illuminating collection like this that pushes our individual and collective thinking forward.’
—Nancy Bou Ayash, University of Washington

‘Rigorous and careful theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical work. . . . This argument is an important and timely one, and it resonates with similar calls from increasingly prominent platforms in the field.’
—Ann Shivers-McNair, University of Arizona
Tom Do is visiting associate professor in the Department of Public and Applied Humanities at the University of Arizona. His teaching and research explore the intersections of race, language, and heritage language speakers.

Karen Rowan is professor of English at California State University, San Bernardino. Her teaching and research attend to the intersections of writing and literacy, pedagogy, antiracism, and language. She is coeditor ofWriting Centers and the New Racism, winner of the 2012 IWCA Outstanding Book Award.
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