‘ … vayan a San Miguel de Allende, además lleven su visa y su diccionario los que no sepan hablar inglés pues ya se han apropiado de todo los gringos.’ The discursive struggle for interculturality in a gentrified hybrid Mexican city

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Anderson, C. and Armenta, I. 2023. ‘ … vayan a San Miguel de Allende, además lleven su visa y su diccionario los que no sepan hablar inglés pues ya se han apropiado de todo los gringos.’ The discursive struggle for interculturality in a gentrified hybrid Mexican city. Language and Intercultural Communication. https://doi.org/10.1080/14708477.2022.2162536
AuthorsAnderson, C. and Armenta, I.
Abstract

This paper focuses on interculturality in the discursive construction of the Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende that is culturally hybrid due to Americanisation and gentrification caused by North American migration and tourism. Constructing their own community as ‘expats’, this homogenous group produces and reproduces a dominant discourse that normalises Americanisation and gentrification. There is, however, a resistant discourse from multiple voices, both North American and Mexican, that problematises this hybridity in terms of negative consequences for local Mexicans of rising costs, displacement, and a sense of alienation, particularly felt in how English has become a lingua franca.

Este artículo se enfoca en la interculturalidad en la construcción discursiva de la ciudad mexicana de San Miguel de Allende la cual es una ciudad culturalmente híbrida debido a la americanización y gentrificación provocada por la migración y el turismo norteamericano. Construyendo su propia comunidad como ‘expatriados’, este grupo homogéneo produce y reproduce un discurso dominante que normaliza la americanización y la gentrificación. Sin embargo, se observa un discurso resistente de múltiples voces, tanto norteamericanas como mexicanas, que problematizan esta hibridez en términos de consecuencias negativas para los mexicanos locales como los costos crecientes, desplazamiento y una sensación de alienación particularmente en el uso de inglés como una lingua franca.

KeywordsGentrification ; Interculturality; Cultural hybridity ; Discourse gentrification
Year2023
JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14708477.2022.2162536
Official URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14708477.2022.2162536
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Accepted20 Dec 2022
Deposited09 Feb 2023
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