Inequality in address behavior at public institutions in La Paz, Bolivia
Placencia, Maria Elena (2001) Inequality in address behavior at public institutions in La Paz, Bolivia. Anthropological Linguistics 43 (2), pp. 198-217. ISSN 0003-5483.
Observation of service encounters in three public institutions in La Paz, Bolivia, reveals that there are differences in the way marginalized indigenous people, as opposed to members of the mainstream, urban, white-mestizo population, are addressed by institutional representatives. In this article, I show what these differences are and highlight what appear to be institutionalized, discriminatory practices through which 'otherness' is marked and 'respectability' is conferred or witheld.
|Keyword(s) / Subject(s):||impoliteness, discursive racism, language and discrimination, Bolivian Spanish, service encounters, requests, address forms|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages|
|Depositing User:||Maria Placencia|
|Date Deposited:||09 May 2012 08:06|
|Last Modified:||30 Oct 2014 10:55|
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