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Dr. Amy Firestone Book Presentation
January 23, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Book Presentation “We Combine Quechua”: Language and Identity of Urban Youth in Peru
In “We Combine Quechua,” Dr. Firestone uncovers the future of the Quechua language in Peru. Even though Quechua is the most widely spoken indigenous language in Latin America, many socio-economic factors threaten its survival. The language is particularly vulnerable in cities, where Quechua speakers have migrated in search of upward mobility. Moreover, previous scholarship suggests that urban youth are ashamed to speak the language, leaving it behind to vanish. Despite this outlook, Dr. Firestone’s ethnographic focuses on the ways in which first-generation urban youth revitalize Quechua and rural traditions as an important part of their urban identity.