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Discourses of Identity in Liminal Places and Spaces

Edited By Roberta Piazza Copyright 2019
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This collection highlights the interplay between language and liminal places and spaces in building distinct narratives of selfhood. The book uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine linguistic and social phenomena in places shaped by displacement and social inequality. The book also looks at chronotopes, the Bakhtinian-inspired concept of the interconnectedness of time and space in identity. The volume demonstrates how studying liminal places and spaces can offer unique insights into how people construct language and selfhood in these spaces, making this key reading for researchers in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, geography, and linguistic anthropology.


    Roberta Piazza

    Part I. Liminality and Chronotope

    1. Chronotopic Identities: The South in the Narratives Told by Members of Mapuche Communities in Chile

    Maria Eugenia Merino Dickinson and Anna De Fina

    2. A Desire for Place: Constructing the Portuguese Homeland before and after "return"

    Michele Koven

    3. "Para mí no hay más que París y mi pueblo": Place and Personhood in Processes of Social Distinction

    David Divita

    4. A Space of Your Own: Transforming Roma Heritage Practices and Identity in Contexts of Economic and social Precarity

    Mike Baynham

    5. With or Without Zanzibar: Diaspora Voices and the Memory of the Revolution

    Roberta Piazza

    Part II. Liminality and institutional power

    6. Challenging Peripherality: Cornwall in Pan-Celtic Narratives of Place

    Marc Scully

    7. Place-Identity and Urban Policy: Sharing Leisure Spaces in the ‘Post-Conflict’ City

    Bree T. Hocking, Brendan Sturgeon, John Dixon, Neil Jarman, Dominic Bryan, Jonny Huck, Duncan Whyatt, and Gemma Davies

    8. Rooted in Hawai`i: Narratives of Revitalization Among New Speakers in Hawai‘i

    Christina Higgins

    9. Road Signs and the Negotiation of a Place-Based Identity in Israel

    Judith Yoel

    10. The Infrastructure of Tolerance: Self-Guided Tours of Jewish Amsterdam

    Galey Modan

    11. The Politics of Mental Health: Alienation and Community in Inner-City London

    Eva Oddi

    12. ‘Off-shore’ as Marginality: Exploring the Panama Papers and the Feasibility of Post-National Sociolinguistics

    Tope Omoniyi and Lukasz Daniluk


    Roberta Piazza is Reader in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sussex. Her research is in the area of pragmatics and stylistics, and identity in relation to space and with reference to marginal groups. Some of her publications are The Discourse of Italian Cinema and Beyond. 2011; Values and Choices in Television Discourse. A View from Both Sides of the Screen eds 2015 with L. Haarman, and A. Caborn; Marked Identities eds 2014 with A. Fasulo; Telecinematic Discourse: Approaches to the Fictional Language of Cinema and Television. eds. 2011 with M. Bednarek, M. and F. Rossi.