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Entangled Discourses

South-North Orders of Visibility, 1st Edition

Edited by Caroline Kerfoot, Kenneth Hyltenstam


248 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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This book uniquely explores the shifting structures of power and unexpected points of intersection – entanglements – at the nexus of North and South as a lens through which to examine the impact of global and local circuits of people, practices and ideas on linguistic, cultural and knowledge systems. The volume considers the entanglement of North and South on multiple levels in the contemporary and continuing effects of capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism, in the form of silenced or marginalized populations, such as refugees, immigrants, and other minoritised groups, and in the different orders of visibility that make some types of practices and knowledge more legitimate and therefore more visible. It uses a range of methodological and analytical frames to shed light on less visible histories, practices, identities, repertoires, and literacies, and offer new understandings for research and for language, health care, education, and other policies and practices.

The book brings together an exciting mix of voices of both established and new scholars in multilingualism and diversity from a range of social, political, and historical contexts and provides coverage of areas previously underrepresented in current research on multilingualism, globalization, and mobility, including Brazil, South Africa, Australia, East Timor, Wallis and Mayotte, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau. This volume is key reading for scholars, researchers, and graduate students in multilingualism, globalisation, sociolinguistics, mobility and development studies, applied linguistics, and language and education policy.


"Caroline Kerfoot and Kenneth Hyltenstam have produced a thought-provoking and insightful contribution to Routledge’s Critical Studies in Multilingualism series with their new edited collection that explores the multiple entanglements of Northern and Southern linguistic,cultural and knowledge systems…this edited collection offers new understandings for researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the fields of language, health care, education, and other areas." – Catherine Manathunga in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning of the South

Table of Contents


Caroline Kerfoot and Kenneth Hyltenstam


Part I Southern perspectives

Chapter 1 On the margins of the Republic: Medical encounters in a postcolonial setting and the construction of sociolinguistic orders of visibility

Valelia Muni Toke


Chapter 2 Constructing invisibility: The discursive erasure of a black immigrant learner in South Africa.

Caroline Kerfoot and Gwendoline Tatah

Chapter 3 Why can’t race just be a normal thing?’ Entangled discourses in the narratives of young South Africans.

Zannie Bock

Part II South-North Entanglements

Chapter 4 Moving north, navigating new work worlds and re-mooring: Language and other semiotic resources in the migration trajectories of East Timorese in the UK

Estêvão Cabral and Marilyn Martin-Jones

Chapter 5 South-North trajectories and language repertoires

Kasper Juffermans & Bernardino Tavares


Part III Northern perspectives

Chapter 6 Conflicting agendas in basic Swedish adult second language education

Inger Lindberg and Karin Sandwall

Chapter 7 Institutional constraints on flexible versus fixed multilingualism: The case of parallel language ideology in Sweden

Lionel Wee

Chapter 8 Nine months of entextualizations. Discourse and knowledge in an online discussion forum thread for expecting parents

Linnea Hanell and Linus Salo

Part IV: North-South dynamics in research and knowledge production

Chapter 9 The politics of the margins: Multisemiotic and affective strategies of voice and visibility

Tommaso M. Milani

Chapter 10 Epistemic diversity, lazy reason and ethical translation in post-colonial contexts: The case of indigenous educational policy in Brazil.

Lynn Mario Menezes de Souza,

Chapter 11 Re-placing and re-centring southern multilingualisms: A de-colonial project

Kathleen Heugh



Christopher Stroud

About the Editors

Caroline Kerfoot is Associate Professor at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University. She was previously Head of Language Education, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Her current research focuses on multilingualism, identities, and epistemic access in educational sites characterised by high levels of diversity and flux. Recent publications appear in Applied Linguistics, Linguistics & Education, International Multilingual Research Journal, and Language & Education.

Kenneth Hyltenstam is Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University. He has been Professor of Bilingualism since 1992 and prior to that Associate Professor of Bilingualism since 1981. His main research area is second language acquisition, but his research also covers several other topics (bilingualism and dementia, language maintenance, language policy, and language and education). He has published six volumes internationally and several books in Swedish. Recent research appears in Applied Linguistics, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Language and Speech, Language Learning, Sociolinguistica, and Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism

Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism is devoted to the publishing of original research, of global scope and relevance, which incorporates critical and post-structuralist perspectives. The series also seeks to reflect different strands of empirical work which are interpretive, ethnographic and multimodal in nature and which embrace new epistemologies and new research methods.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics