Reflexivity in Late Modernity
Accounts from linguistic ethnographies of youth
AILA Review, Volume 29
| UCL Institute of Education, University College London
This issue engages with contemporary sociological debates on reflexivity, youth, and late modernity. Drawing from the ontological and epistemological lens of linguistic ethnography, the contributors describe different indexical forms of language use (linguistic styles, discourse registers, small narratives, moral stances, metacommentaries and semiotic norms), in the context of their participants’ life trajectories with the aim to: (a) offer a fresh view of the linguistic/discursive resources that young people mobilize to make their way through the world; (b) engage with existing knowledge in the social sciences through revisiting well-established constructs in socio-culturally oriented applied linguistics (habitus, social field, structuration, modes of reflexivity, cultural capital and social class), in light of the cultural conditions of late modernity; and (c) suggest some implications for applied researchers and practitioners. The issue presents data collected in US, Singapore, Hong Kong, Spain, Finland or Belgium, and includes research participants from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds.
[AILA Review, 29] 2016. iii, 213 pp.
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Table of Contents
Reflexivity and social change in applied linguisticsMiguel Pérez-Milans | pp. 1–14
Troping on prejudice: Stylised “bad Finnish” performances and reflexivity among adolescents in Eastern HelsinkiHeini Lehtonen | pp. 15–47
Reflexive language and ethnic minority activism in Hong Kong: A trajectory-based analysisMiguel Pérez-Milans & Carlos Soto | pp. 48–82
Trapped in a moral order: Moral identity, positioning and reflexivity in stories of confrontation among Latin American teenage school girls in MadridAdriana Patiño-Santos | pp. 83–113
The reflexive imperative among high-achieving adolescents: A Flemish case studyInge Van Lancker | pp. 114–140
Academically elite students in Singapore: A collective moral stance toward aspirations and trajectoriesLuke Lu | pp. 141–172
Reflexivity and transnational habitus: The case of a ‘poor’ affluent Chinese international studentPeter I. De Costa, Magda Tigchelaar & Yaqiong Cui | pp. 173–198
Crisis thinking, sensuous reflexivity, and solving real issuesJürgen Jaspers | pp. 199–213