- The Oxford Handbook of Language and Society
- List of Contributors
- Introduction—Language and Society: A Critical Poststructuralist Perspective
- Language and Society: Historical Overview and the Emergence of a Field of Study
- Language, Imperialism, and the Modern Nation-State System: Implications for Language Rights
- Language and Political Economy
- Language and Power
- Language Ideologies
- Language Policy and Local Practices
- Language, Migration, Diaspora: Challenging the Big Battalions of Groupism
- Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Globalization, and Superdiversity: Toward Sociolinguistic Repertoires
- Diglossia and Beyond
- Language Shift and Sustainability: Critical Discourses and Beyond
- Discourses of Endangerment from Mother Tongues to Machine Readability
- Sign Languages
- Multiliteracies and Transcultural Education
- Urban Languages in African Contexts: Toward a Multimodal Approach to Urban Languages
- Indigenous Peoples and Their Languages
- Entry Visa Denied: The Construction of Symbolic Language Borders in Educational Settings
- Linguistic Profiling and Discrimination
- From Elderspeak to Gerontolinguistics: Sociolinguistic Myths
- Language and Racialization
- Language and Sexuality
- Linguistic Landscapes
- The Internet, Language, and Virtual Interactions
- Mediatization and the Language of Journalism
- Bilingual Education
- Conclusion: Moving the Study of Language and Society into the Future
Abstract and Keywords
While diaspora cultures, identities, and language practices have been theorized widely, there still remain several issues that require another look from different conceptual angles. A major problem with current theoretical frameworks is their tendency to privilege and impose a Western worldview of linguistic, immigrant, and diaspora identities, often masked behind discourses of multiculturalism, multilingualism, universalism, modernity, globalization, and other similar high-sounding terminologies. The dominance of these discourses has meant that the promises held by other ways of knowing, reading, and interpreting the world of immigrant and diaspora communities have been consigned to the fringes of mainstream conversations on the past and present understandings of the world and humanity in general. This chapter draws attention to alternative epistemologies and contributes new conceptual ideas that seek to transcend traditional theoretical frameworks that underpin most approaches to language, diasporas, and immigrants.
Finex Ndhlovu is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Archie Mafeje Research Institute for Social Policy, University of South Africa. He has also previously held teaching and research positions at Victoria University (Melbourne) and the University of Fort Hare (South Africa). Finex Ndhlovu has strong research interests in a wide range of areas in language and society studies that include language policy and politics, multilingualism and multilingual citizenship, language and migration, cross-border languages and trans-national identities, African Diaspora identities, language and nation building, postcolonial African identities, and language and discourses of everyday forms of exclusion in Australia and southern Africa. His most recent major publications are Becoming an African Diaspora in Australia: Language, Culture, Identity (2014), and Hegemony and Language Policies in Southern Africa: Identity, Integration, Development (2015).
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