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As Mexican immigrants move to areas of the United States that have not been home to Latinos, both longstanding residents and newcomers must make sense of their new neighbors. In one East Coast suburb relevant models of identity are sometimes communicated through “payday mugging” stories about African American criminals mugging undocumented Mexican victims. These narratives racialize African Americans and Mexicans in different ways. As payday mugging stories move across narrators from different communities, the racialized characterizations shift.


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Wortham, S., Allard, E., Lee, K. and Mortimer, K. (2011). Racialization in payday mugging narratives. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 21, E56-E75.


narrative; speech chains; racialization; Mexican migration

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Date Posted: 07 December 2011

This document has been peer reviewed.