Language and Citizenship

Broadening the agenda

| University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
ISBN 9789027242792 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
ISBN 9789027265166 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
This volume offers fresh, cutting-edge perspectives on issues of language and citizenship by casting a critical light on a broad spectrum of geo-political contexts – Flanders, Luxembourg, Singapore, South Africa, the UK - and discourse data – policy documents, newspaper articles, ethnographic notes and interviews, skits, bodies in protests. The main aims of the book are to investigate institutional discourses about the relationship between nationality and citizenship, and relate such discourses to more ethnographically grounded interactions; tease out the multiple and often conflicting meanings of citizenship; and explore the different linguistic/semiotic guises that citizenship might take on in different contexts. The book argues that the linguistic/discursive study of citizenship should not only include critical investigations of political proposals about language testing, but should also encompass the diverse, more or less mundane, ways in which various social actors enact citizenship with the help of an array of multivocal, material, and affective semiotic resources. Originally published as a special issue of Journal of Language and Politics 14:3 (2015).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 91]  2017.  v, 162 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Language and citizenship: Broadening the agenda
Tommaso M. Milani
Integration in Flanders (Belgium) – Citizenship as achievement: How intertwined are ‘citizenship’ and ‘integration’ in Flemish language policies?
Reinhilde Pulinx and Piet Van Avermaet
Language regimes and acts of citizenship in multilingual Luxembourg
Kristine Horner
‘They look into our lips’: Negotiation of the citizenship ceremony as authoritative discourse
Kamran Khan and Adrian Blackledge
Linguistic citizenship: Language and politics in postnational modernities
Quentin E. Williams and Christopher Stroud
Sexual cityzenship: Discourses, spaces and bodies at Joburg Pride 2012
Tommaso M. Milani
The party’s over? Singapore politics and the ‘new normal’
Lionel Wee
“This extraordinary collective volume expands and deepens exponentially the multiple meanings of ‘citizenship’ by moving it to new territories. From citizenship as bureaucratic tool to a symbolic device for national regimes where language serves as a main discriminatory device. Each chapter draws light on a new perspective of citizenship including issues of ceremonies, bodies and sexuality in some new entities as Singapore and South Africa. All in all, the reader can observe how language is abused for the sake of exclusion, and control of human freedom.”
“The volume transcends the limited focus on political proposals in previous linguistic/discursive studies of citizenship and provides inspiring insights on the dynamics between language and citizenship. It makes valuable reading for researchers and specialists in a number of related fields, including language politics, critical discourse analysis, multimodal analysis and media studies.”
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Stroud, Christopher
2021. Becoming a Citizen: Linguistic Trials and Negotiations in the UK. KamranKhan, London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic. 2019. 157 pp. Hb (978‐1‐3500‐3812‐7) $114 Pb (978‐1‐3501‐75631) $39.95. Journal of Sociolinguistics 25:1  pp. 110 ff. Crossref logo
Vitorio, Raymund
2020. Sociolinguistic approaches to the discursive construction of citizenship and integration. Journal of Multicultural Discourses 15:3  pp. 340 ff. Crossref logo
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009040 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Psycholinguistics
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ONIX 2.1
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017012868 | Marc record