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Language, Global Mobilities, Blue-Collar Workers and Blue-collar Workplaces

Edited By Kellie Gonçalves, Helen Kelly-Holmes Copyright 2021
    258 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This collection brings together global perspectives which critically examine the ways in which language as a resource is used and managed in myriad ways in various blue-collar workplace settings in today’s globalized economy. In focusing on blue-collar work environments, the book sheds further light on the informal processes through which top down language policies take place in different multilingual settings and the resultant asymmetrical power relations which emerge among employees and employers in such settings. Taking into account the latest debates on poststructuralist theories of language, the volume also extends its conceptualization of language to demonstrate the ways in which it extends to a wider range of multilingual and multimodal resources and communicative practices, all of which combine in unique and different ways toward constructing meaning in the workplace. The volume’s unique focus on such workplaces also showcases domains of work which have generally until now been less visible within existing research on language in the workplace and the subsequent methodological challenges that arise from studying them. Integrating a range of theoretical and methodological approaches, along with empirical data from a diverse range of blue-collar workplaces, this book will be of particular interest to students and researchers in critical sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, sociology, and linguistic anthropology.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1

    Language, Global Mobilities, and Blue-collar Workers and Workplaces: An Introduction

    By Kellie Gonçalves and Helen Kelly-Holmes

    Chapter 2

    "Jobs for Life"?: Mining Temporalities in a Transforming Arctic Periphery

    By Sari Pietikäinen and Kori Allan

    Chapter 3

    "Tant qu’ils comprennent": mobile workers and the language ideologies of resource extraction

    By Mireille McLaughlin

    Chapter 4

    Researching language at work in public and hidden domains. Historical time and temporal contextualization

    By Florian Hiss

    Chapter 5

    Spanish bonnes in 1960s Paris: Occupational narratives from transnational migrants in later life

    By David Divita

    Chapter 6

    Investigating language use in immigrant businesses: Workplace practices of a Thai massage salon owner in Germany

    By Stefan K. Serwe

    Chapter 7

    Language Practices through the Lens of the Neoliberal Imaginary in Kurdish-Owned Eating Establishments in Istanbul

    By Anne Schluter

    Chapter 8

    The policy and institutional discourse of communication ability: The case of (migrant) eldercare workers in Japan

    By Ruriko Otomo

    Chapter 9

    Evolving private labor markets and the (non-) acquisition of language

    By Tamah Sherman and Jiří Homoláč

    Chapter 10

    Physical work, customer service or teamwork? Language requirements for seasonal cleaning work in the booming Arctic tourism industry

    By Maiju Strömmer


    Chapter 11

    "The Filipinos, they can do it" - Migrant workers in a multilingual water manufacturing company in Saipan

    By Dominique B. Hess

    Chapter 12

    Blue-collar work and multilingualism: ‘C’est tough’

    By Alastair Pennycook



    Kellie Gonçalves is a post-doctoral fellow at Multiling: Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan at the University of Oslo, Norway.// Helen Kelly-Holmes is Professor of Applied Languages in the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics at the University of Limerick, Ireland.