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Gilberto Arriaza

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Grace Under Pressure: Immigrant Families and the Nation-State

In this article, Arriaza describes the relationship between language, identity formation, and the nation-state. He argues that assimilationist national US policies privileging English and subordinating languages such as Spanish destroy the culture and identity of origin. Keeping one’s language and culture of origin do not contradict the nation-state project.

language, identity formation, nation-state, assimilation

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 24, No. 2 (1997): 6-25