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Cassels Johnson, David and Crissa Stephens. 2018. The past is prologue. Language policy and nativism in new immigrant contexts. Journal of Language and Politics 17 (3) : 366–385.
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John Benjamins
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This article examines reactions to the changing linguistic ecology in the U.S. state of Iowa, which is experiencing a demographic phenomenon often referred to as the New Latino Diaspora (NLD) (Hamann et al., 2002). It first examines the historical processes and social structures that link current language policy initiatives within Iowa to local and national nativism. It then analyzes public policies and texts to reveal how language ideologies circulate across diverse texts and contexts, forming discourses that shape the experiences of Latin@s in Iowa.