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Doing ethnography among Latinos in London and Barcelona: languages, genders, and ethnicities

Victor Corona / Sophie Kelsall
Published Online: 2018-04-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/applirev-2017-0123


Based on two ethnographic studies of people of Latin American descent in global cities, this article explores how language, gender, and ethnicity shape field relations, community membership, and data collection. It examines some of the implications of being positioned intersectionally as an outsider or insider of the community, and being sexualised by a male gatekeeper. It suggests that gender roles are a powerful aspect of conducting ethnographic research among Latinos, while pointing to the challenge of dealing with, and potentially contributing to, essentialising discourses in the field. It argues that the notion of ‘being Latino’ is imagined and constructed interactionally and contextually, in reaction to social pressures, as well as local and historical narratives.

Keywords: access; field relations; gatekeeper; positionality; intersectionality


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Published Online: 2018-04-14

Citation Information: Applied Linguistics Review, ISSN (Online) 1868-6311, ISSN (Print) 1868-6303, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/applirev-2017-0123.

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