1st Edition

The Politics of Ethnolinguistic Mobilization in Europe Language Matters

Edited By Alistair Cole, Jean-Baptiste Harguindéguy Copyright 2014
    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    Language constitutes a very sensitive nexus between the concepts of territory and community. Though a fundamental issue in contemporary societies, it remains relatively unaddressed by political scientists. This book promotes a better understanding of the connection between the concepts of identity, territory and language in the context of an enlarged Europe. We propose a portrait of the actual place of regional languages in European politics. Ethno-linguistic mobilisations have occurred in very different contexts, and their interpretation needs to take into account varying configurations and conditions of success that we label as situational, institutional, and socio-political. The book combines empirical case studies drawn from Spain, the UK, Poland, France, Ireland and Canada with comparative, conceptual and theoretical insights into linguistic uniformity and diversity. The various chapters in the book go beyond description. The originality of the work is to bridge the institutionalisation of language regimes, the sociological analysis of languages rights’ movements, and the normative underpinnings that ought to underpin language claims.

    This book was published as a special issue of Regional and Federal Studies.

    1. Ethnolinguistic Mobilizations in Europe  Jean-Baptiste Paul Harguindéguy (Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain) & Alistair Cole (Cardiff University, Wales, UK)

    2. Blocked Articulation and Nationalist Hegemony in Catalonia  Thomas Jeffrey Miley (Cambridge)

    3. The Jacobin Republic and Language Rights. Ethnolinguistic Mobilizations in France  Alistair Cole (Cardiff University, Wales, UK) & Jean-Baptiste Paul Harguindéguy (Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain)

    4. Ethnopolitical Mobilization without Groups: Nation-Building in Upper Silesia  Magdalena Dembinska (Montreal, Canada)

    5. Doing As They Are Told? Subregional Language Policies in the Basque Country, Catalonia and Wales  Patrick Carlin (Cardiff University, Wales, UK)

    6. On the Right to Linguistic Survival  Huw Lewis (Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK)

    7. Perfidious Hope: The Legislative Turn in Official Minority Language Regimes  Colin Williams (Cardiff University, Wales – UK)


    Alistair Cole is Professor of European Politics at Cardiff University, UK.

    Jen-Baptiste Harguindéguy is associate Professor at Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain.