Migration and the mobility of citizens around the globe pose important challenges to the linguistic and cultural homogeneity that nation-states rely on for defining their physical boundaries and identity, as well as the rights and obligations of their citizens. A new social order resulting from neoliberal economic practices, globalisation and outsourcing also challenges traditional ways the nation-state has organized its control over the people who have typically travelled to a new country looking for work or better life chances. This collection provides an account of the ways language addresses core questions concerning power and the place of migrants in various institutional and workplace settings. It brings together contributions from a range of geographical settings to understand better how linguistic inequality is (re)produced in this new economic order.
Alexandre Duchene is Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Fribourg and Director of the Institute of Multilingualism of the University and HEP Fribourg (Switzerland). Recent publications include Ideologies across Nations (2008), Discourses of Endangerment (with Monica Heller, 2007) and Language in Late Capitalism: Pride and Profit (with Monica Heller, 2011). Melissa Moyer is Professor of English Linguistics at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, where she leads the C.I.E.N. Research Team. Her current research is concerned with multilingualism and mobility in connection to linguistic practices and the construction of identity. She was editor of The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism (2008, with Li Wei). Celia Roberts is Professor of Applied Linguistics at King's College London, UK in the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication. Her publications include Talk, Work and Institutional Order (1999, with Srikant Sarangi). Her main interest is in the practical relevance and application of sociolinguistics to real world problems.
1. Alexandre Duchene, Melissa Moyer & Celia Roberts: Introduction: Recasting Institutions and Work in Multilingual and Transnational Spaces Part I: Sites of Control 2. Eva Codo: Trade Unions and NGOs under Neoliberalism: Between Regimenting Migrants and Subverting the State 3. Kori Allan: Skilling the Self: The Communicability of Immigrants as Flexible Labour Part II: Sites of Selection 4. Celia Roberts: The Gatekeeping of Babel: Job Interviews and the Linguistic Penalty 5. Ingrid Piller & Kimie Takahashi: Language Work aboard the Low-Cost Airline 6. Luisa Martin Rojo: (De) Capitalising Students through Linguistic Practices. A Comparative Analysis of New Educational Programmes in a Global Era 7. Vally Lytra: From Kebabci to Professional: The Commodification of Language and Social Mobility in Turkish Complementary Schools in the UK Part III: Sites of Resistance 8. Werner Holly & Ulrike Hanna Meinhof: `Integration hatten wir letztes jahr.' Official Discourses of Integration and their Uptake by Migrants in Germany 9. Melissa G. Moyer: Language as a Resource. Migrant Agency, Positioning and Resistance in a Health Care Clinic 10. Cecile B. Vigouroux: Informal Economy and Language Practice in the Context of Migrations 11. Maria Sabate i Dalmau: Fighting Exclusion from the Margins: Locutorios as Sites of Social Agency and Resistance for Migrants Mike Baynham: Postscript Contributors