Race, space and commerce in multi-ethnic Costa Rica: A linguistic landscape inquiry

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dc.contributor.author Buckingham, Louisa en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-01T03:08:49Z en
dc.date.issued 2018-11 en
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2018(254):1-27 Nov 2018 en
dc.identifier.issn 0165-2516 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45671 en
dc.description.abstract Costa Rica officially became a multi-ethnic, pluricultural nation in 2015. Representatives from the principal minorities, in particular Afro-Costa Ricans and indigenous peoples, played an important role in contesting the erstwhile dominant narrative of Costa Rican’s white European settler heritage. One of the intended consequences of the constitutional amendment was to ensure greater salience of ethnic minorities in public policy and social life. This study investigates the public display of linguistic and cultural diversity on commercial and community signage in six urban centres of Limón, the most ethnically diverse province. Undertaken in the same year as the constitutional amendment, the study examines the inclusion of languages and cultural references attributable to three main minority groups (Afro-Caribbean, Chinese and indigenous), and more recent migrant settlers, in public space. Greater salience was found in locations appearing to target a local readership; references to indigenous cultures were almost completely absent, however. Changes in the public narrative on Costa Rican identity may gradually encourage greater salience of official minority groups on public signage. An immediate challenge entails the effects of the expanding tourism sector, as this appears to favour a proliferation of decontextualized international cultural references rather than an appreciation of locality and historical rootedness. en
dc.publisher De Gruyter en
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of the Sociology of Language en
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dc.title Race, space and commerce in multi-ethnic Costa Rica: A linguistic landscape inquiry en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1515/ijsl-2018-0031 en
pubs.issue 254 en
pubs.begin-page 1 en
pubs.volume 2018 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Walter de Gruyter GmbH en
pubs.author-url https://www.degruyter.com/downloadpdf/j/ijsl.2018.2018.issue-254/ijsl-2018-0031/ijsl-2018-0031.pdf en
pubs.end-page 27 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 755323 en
pubs.org-id Arts en
pubs.org-id Cultures, Languages & Linguist en
pubs.org-id App Lang Studies & Linguistics en
dc.identifier.eissn 1613-3668 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2018-10-28 en
pubs.online-publication-date 2018-11 en

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