Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Migration Control: Language Policy, Identity and Belonging

Edited by: Markus Rheindorf, Ruth Wodak

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9781788924665
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Multilingual Matters
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184
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210mm x 148mm
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In the midst of an international crisis in migration policy – widely referred to as a 'refugee crisis' – this book brings together timely analyses of the manifold and yet specific ways in which migration affects globalized societies, set against the background of the rise of nationalist and populist movements. The voices of migrants and refugees are rarely heard in this context: usually, they are debated about, summarized and reported but their agency is denied. Each contribution to this volume adds an empirical perspective to our understanding of how language relates to migration in a specific national context. The chapters use innovative combinations of multimodal, qualitative and quantitative analyses to examine a broad range of genres and data related to the voices of migrants and reporting about migrants.

The current political discourses on processes of globalization, migration and social participation capitalize on feelings of fear and insecurity. They demonize 'the other', thereby turning the spotlight away from the systemic problems of social inequality and poverty. Based on concrete cases, this 'must read' book deconstructs the covert and overt mechanisms of migration control, exclusion and discrimination.

Piet Van Avermaet, Ghent University, Belgium

Controlling migration is not just about borders and enforcement, it is also about discourses of control and of resilience, struggle and belonging. This book offers a rich set of case studies that critically illustrate the close links between power, politics and discourse in the governance of migration. It is an essential read for researchers and scholars but also for interested citizens, the third sector and politicians.

Anna Triandafyllidou, Ryerson University, Canada

Markus Rheindorf is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Linguistics, University of Vienna, Austria. His research interests include Critical Discourse Studies, Migration Studies, Media Discourse and Populism.

Ruth Wodak is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor at Lancaster University, UK and the University of Vienna, Austria. She has published widely, including The Politics of Fear: What Right-wing Populist Discourses Mean (2015, Sage).

Chapter 1. Markus Rheindorf & Ruth Wodak: Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Migration Control: An Introduction

Chapter 2. Kristof Savski: Migrants from other States of the Former Yugoslavia in Slovene Language Policy: Past, Present and Future

Chapter 3. Tony Capstick: Resisting Discriminatory Immigration Procedures and Practices in the UK and Pakistan: A Discourse Ethnographic Approach to Exploring Migration Literacies

Chapter 4. Anna De Fina: Biography as Political Tool: The Case of the Dreamers

Chapter 5. Jo Angouri, Marina Paraskevaidi and Federico Zannoni: Moving for a Better Life: Negotiating Fitting in and Belonging in Modern Diasporas               

Chapter 6. Markus Rheindorf and Ruth Wodak: Building "Fortress Europe": Legitimizing Exclusion from Basic Human Rights

Chapter 7. Iair G. Or and Elana Shohamy: "Youth should be sent here to absorb Zionism": Jewish Farmers and Thai Migrant Workers in Southern Israel

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