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Language, Identity, and Syrian Political Activism on Social Media

1st Edition

By Francesco L. Sinatora


186 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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Language, Identity, and Syrian Political Activism on Social Media is an empirical contemporary Arabic sociolinguistic investigation informed by theories and notions developed in the fields of Arabic linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and linguistic anthropology.

Building on the Bakhtinian concept of linguistic hybridity, this book conducts a longitudinal analysis of Syrian dissidents’ social media practices between 2009 and 2017. It shows how dissidents have used social media to emerge in the discourse about the Syrian conflict and how language has been used symbolically as a tool of social and political engagement in an increasingly complex sociopolitical context.

This monograph is ideal for students, sociolinguists and researchers interested in Arabic language and identity.

Table of Contents

Transcription, glosses, and transliteration | Chapter 1: Introduction | Chapter 2: Hybridity on syrian dissidents’ social media | Chapter 3: Hybridity and cosmopolitan identities | Chapter 4: Hybridity and dissident identities | Chapter 5: Hybridity and participation | Chapter 6: Hybridity, secular identities and radical Islamic discourse | Chapter 7: Hybridity and erasure | Chapter 8: Conclusions

About the Author

Francesco L. Sinatora is Assistant Professor of Arabic at the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at The George Washington University in Washington DC. His academic research in Arabic sociolinguistics and discourse analysis focuses on political discourse and identity on Syrian social media, integrating the tools of language ethnography and multimodality. Additionally, he has also developed a research interest in Arabic pedagogy.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Language and Identity

Routledge Studies in Language and Identity (RSLI) series aims to examine the intricate relation between language and identity from different perspectives. The series straddles fields such as sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, applied linguistics, historical linguistics and linguistic anthropology. It aims to study identity and language by utilizing novel methods of analysis as well as ground breaking theoretical approaches.

The books in this series proceed from the standpoint that language constitutes the weft and warp of social processes and practices, and that it cannot be studied in isolation from social phenomena. They shed light on the role of language in identity construction, in relation to a broad variety of themes and issues, including language variation and change, code-switching, bilingualism, translanguaging, language in the diaspora, minority languages, pidgins and creoles, language and globalization, language and the media, language in political discourse, language and gender, language and education, language policies and ideologies, and language and literature.

The series focuses on the contemporary world, but historical issues that pertain to identity construction are also covered. Within this general framework, the series offers academic case studies that not only address scholars in the field of linguistics, but are also of interest to researchers in political science, anthropology, sociology, media and history.

Editorial Board

Rizwan Ahmad Associate Professor of Sociolinguistics, Qatar University

Amira Agameya Visiting Professor and Chair of the Department of Applied Linguistics, the American University in Cairo 

Jannis Androutsopoulos Professor of German and Media Linguistics, University of Hamburg

Ana De Fina Professor, Italian Language & Linguistics, Georgetown University 

Ana Deumert Associate Professor, University of Cape Town

 John Edwards Senior Research Professor, St Francis Xavier University, Adjunct Professor (Graduate Studies), Dalhousie University

Ahmed Ech-Charfi Professor, Faculty of Education, Mohammed V University of Rabat

Mohssen Esseesy Associate Professor of Arabic Linguistics, George Washington University

Alexandra Georgakopoulou Professor of Discourse Analysis & Sociolinguistics, King’s College London

Barbara Johnstone Professor of English and Linguistics, Carnegie Mellon University

Amal Marogy Affiliated Researcher in Neo-Aramaic Studies, University of Cambridge

Tommaso Milani Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of the Witwatersrand

Catherine Miller Director of Research, CNRS

Heikki Palva Professor Emeritus, University of Helsinki

Gillian Ramchand Professor, Institute for Language and Culture, University of Tromsø

Cristina Sanz Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University

Kassim Shaaban Professor of English and Linguistics, American University in Beirut

Munther A Younes Senior Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University

Keith Walters Professor of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University

Ruth Wodak Emerita Distinguished Professor, Lancaster University


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