"They are a very festive people!" El baile perpetuo: Comida, arte popular y baile en los videos de enseñanza de español como lengua extranjera

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Hortiguera, Hugo
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Jeronimo Leon Rivera Bentancur

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2012
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This article analyzes a selection of videos that accompany several textbooks for learning Spanish as a second language and which propose to expose students to a range of knowledge,behaviors, and cultural and intercultural understanding. Following a multidisciplinary approach based on critical discourse studies (Teun van Dijk), and de-colonial studies and border thinking (Walter Mignolo y Madina Tlostanova, Mabel Moraᡬ and Enrique Dussel), this paper examines: (1) some of the stories described in these videos, (2) the recurring thematic representations about the Hispanic communities and (3) the ideological implications which conceal the so-called "social power" in the discourse. After describing and analysing the corpus, this paper concludes that these videos seem to perpetuate a global sense that reinforces prejudices and convictions about our cultures, propagated by other (media) formats. These educational videos do not question these representations, but rather ratify and confirm them through a complex repertoire of generalizations, abstractions, omissions, inferences or contrasts. This proves, as said by Mignolo and Trastanova, that "the modern foundation of knowledge remains territorial and imperial".

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Razon y Palabra

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78

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© The Author(s) 2012. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this journal please refer to the journal’s website. The online version of this work is licensed under a Creative Commons License, available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/mx/

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Postcolonial Studies

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