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Language, Literacy and Diversity

Moving Words, 1st Edition

Edited by Christopher Stroud, Mastin Prinsloo


224 pages

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Language, Literacy and Diversity brings together researchers who are leading the innovative and important re-theorization of language and literacy in relation to social mobility, multilingualism and globalization. The volume examines local and global flows of people, language and literacy in relation to social practice; the role (and nature) of boundary maintenance or disruption in global, transnational and translocal contexts; and the lived experiences of individuals on the front lines of global, transnational and translocal processes.

The contributors pay attention to the dynamics of multilingualism in located settings and the social and personal management of multilingualism in socially stratified and ethnically plural social settings. Together, they offer ground-breaking research on language practices and documentary practices as regards to access, selection, social mobility and gate-keeping processes in a range of settings across several continents: Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Table of Contents

1. Truly Moving Texts Sjaak Kroon, Dong Jie and Jan Blommaert 2. Classifying Migrants in the Field of Health: Sociolinguistic Scale and Neoliberal Statecraft James Collins and Stef Slembrouck 3. Negotiating Mobile Codes and Literacies at the Contact Zone: Another Perspective on South African Township Schools Suresh Canagarajah 4. English as a Lingua Franca: Lessons for Language and Mobility Joseph Sung-Yu and Lionel Wee 5. Ariadne’s Thread: Literacy, Scale and Meaning Making across Space and Time Catherine Kell 6. How One Reads Whom and Why? Ideological Filtering in Reading Vernacular Literacy in France Cécile B. Vigouroux 7. Script Choice, Language Loss and the Politics of Anamnesis: Kashmiri in Diaspora Rakesh M. Bhatt 8. Language Shift, Cultural Practices and Writing in South African Indian English Rajend Mesthrie 9. Superdiversity and Social Class: An Interactional Perspective Ben Rampton 10. Mobile Literacies and Micro-narratives: Conformity and Transgression on a South African Educational Site Ana Deumert 11. Early Literacies and Linguistic Mobilities Alastair Pennycook Afterword: Turbulent Deflections Christopher Stroud

About the Editors

Christopher Stroud is Senior Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He is also Professor of Transnational Multilingualism at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism at Stockholm University, Sweden. He has researched and written widely on multilingualism, language planning and policy and language education in contexts as diverse as Papua New Guinea, South East Asia, Scandinavia and Southern Africa.

Mastin Prinsloo is Associate Professor in Applied Language and Literacy Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His research in Literacy Studies is currently focused on young people’s engagements with electronic media, particularly in low socio-economic contexts. His earlier research has included studies of unschooled adults’ literacy engagements and children’s early literacy learning.

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:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics