Language Policies in Finland and Sweden: Interdisciplinary and Multi-Sited Comparisons (Multilingual Matters 157)

Language Policies in Finland and Sweden: Interdisciplinary and Multi-Sited Comparisons (Multilingual Matters 157)

By: Mia Halonen (editor), Pasi Ihalainen (editor), Taina Saarinen (editor)Hardback

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In this volume, authors from four disciplines join forces to develop an analysis of political discourse on a comparative and multidisciplinary basis. Language policy is often based on the political use of history, where the remembrance of past experiences by communities, individuals and historical bodies play a fundamental role. These authors see politics and policies as multi-sited by nature, taking place, being constructed, contested and reproduced simultaneously and in different times and places. Theoretically the book draws on the concept of language policy, operationalising it through the rhizomatic nature of politics and policies. Although confined empirically to considerations of situations in Finland and Sweden, the volume extends far beyond these locations in its theoretical contributions. The polities of Finland and Sweden are the lens through which a new and much needed understanding of language policy research, and policy research in general, is posited.

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Mia Halonen is a senior researcher at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Her research interests include language ideologies and policy, sociophonetics, performances, micro analytic and mixed methods, social media and popular culture. Pasi Ihalainen is a professor of Comparative European History at the Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. His research interests include comparative history, national identity, parliamentary discourse, and multi-sited constitutional debates. Taina Saarinen is a senior researcher at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Her research interests include language policy, methodology, and higher education internationalisation.

Contents

Part 1. Theoretical and Methodological Introduction 1. Mia Halonen, Pasi Ihalainen and Taina Saarinen: Diverse Discourses in Time and Space: Historical, Discourse Analytical and Ethnographic Approaches to Multi-sited Language Policy Discourse Part 2. Language Policies in Parliaments, Legislation and the Media 2. Pasi Ihalainen and Taina Saarinen: Constructing 'Language' in Language Policy Discourse: Finnish and Swedish Legislative Processes in the 2000s 3. Sally Boyd and Asa Palviainen: Building Walls or Bridges? A Language Ideological Debate about Bilingual Schools in Finland 4. Mika Lahteenmaki and Sari Poyhonen: Language Rights of the Russian-Speaking Minority in Finland: Multi-Sited Historical Arguments and Language Ideologies 5. Jarmo Lainio: The Art of Societal Ambivalence: A Retrospective View on Swedish Language Policies for Finnish in Sweden Part 3. Individuals as Constructors and Reflectors of Language Policies 6. Sofia Kotilainen: National Language Policy at the Local Level: The Realisation of Language Legislation in Late Nineteenth-Century Finland 7. Mats Wickstrom: Making the Case For the Mother Tongue: Ethnic Activism and the Emergence of a New Policy Discourse on Non-Swedish Mother Tongue Teaching in Sweden in the 1960s and 1970s 8. Hanna Snellman: Everyday Language Policies: Embodiment of Language-Related Experiences of Finnish Women in Sweden 9. Mia Halonen, Tarja Nikula, Taina Saarinen and Mirja Tarnanen: 'Listen, There'll be a Pause after each Question': A Swedish Lesson as a Nexus for Multi-Sited Language Education Policies Part 4. Epilogue 10. Muiris O Laoire: Multi-Sited Language Policies: Where have we come from and where to from here in Language Policy?

Product Details

  • publication date: 10/11/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781783092703
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9781783092703
  • weight: 490
  • ISBN10: 178309270X

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