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The Routledge Handbook of Migration and Language

1st Edition

Edited by Suresh Canagarajah


590 pages

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pub: 2017-02-16
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**Shortlisted for the BAAL Book Prize 2018**

The Routledge Handbook of Migration and Language is the first comprehensive survey of this area, exploring language and human mobility in today’s globalised world. This key reference brings together a range of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives, drawing on subjects such as migration studies, geography, philosophy, sociology and anthropology. Featuring over 30 chapters written by leading experts from around the world, this book:

  • Examines how basic constructs such as community, place, language, diversity, identity, nation-state, and social stratification are being retheorized in the context of human mobility;
  • Analyses the impact of the ‘mobility turn’ on language use, including the parallel ‘multilingual turn’ and translanguaging;
  • Discusses the migration of skilled and unskilled workers, different forms of displacement, and new superdiverse and diaspora communities;

  • Explores new research orientations and methodologies, such as mobile and participatory research, multi-sited ethnography, and the mixing of research methods;
  • Investigates the place of language in citizenship, educational policies, employment and social services.

The Routledge Handbook of Migration and Language is essential reading for those with an interest in migration studies, language policy, sociolinguistic research and development studies.



“Human mobility, migration, dislocation and displacement present a challenge to established notions of language in use. In this book Suresh Canagarajah has met the challenge, doing justice to the multilingual realities of lives led on the move: he has assembled a stellar array of scholars who together present exciting new understandings and re-examinations of language in contexts of mobility. This wide-ranging, compelling volume could not be more timely.”

- James Simpson, University of Leeds, UK

"A terrific selection of articles by cutting edge scholars, useful for teachers, researchers and theorists across disciplines looking for an overview on language and migration. An excellent introduction to the field for both novices and experts."

- Anne Whiteside, City College of San Francisco, USA.

“Ever since the cultural turn and the mobility turn in the social sciences, the study of language in migration studies has assumed new urgency. This Handbook is the place where I turn for stimulating and informed accounts of research. Beyond that, the contributions provide vital insights that, like its subject matter, transcend national borders and disciplinary boundaries.”

- Thomas Faist, Bielefeld University, Germany

"This impressive, compelling volume looks at human migration and language, a growing field of study emerging from the accelerated pace of individuals and groups uprooted because of political conflict, civil rights degradation, economic woes, and religious and social persecution. (…) This is an excellent book. (…) Summing Up: Essential."

- C. Machado, Norwalk Community College in CHOICE

Table of Contents

Introduction – Suresh Canagarajah

Part 1

  1. Translanguaging in Mobility – Adrian Blackledge and Angela Creese
  2. Nation-State, Transnationalism, and Language – Joseph Sung-Yul Park and Lionel Wee
  3. Superdiversity and Language – Gabriele Budach and Ingrid de Saint-Georges
  4. Neoliberalism, Language and Migration – Kori Allan and Bonnie McElhinny
  5. Space, Place, and Language – Christina Higgins
  6. New Orientations to Identity in Mobility – Zhu Hua
  7. Social Class in Migration, Identity and Language Research – David Block
  8. National and Ethnic Minorities: Language Rights and Recognition – Stephen May
  9. Part 2

  10. Regional Flows and Language Resources – Ellen Hurst
  11. Displacement and Language – Kathleen Heugh
  12. Migration Trajectories: Implications for Language Proficiencies and Identities – Alla V. Tovares and Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu
  13. Slavery, Indentured Work, and Language – Rajend Mesthrie
  14. Settler Varieties – Daniel Schreier, Nicole Eberle and Danae Perez
  15. Trade Migration – Huamei Han
  16. Migrations, Religions, and Social Flux – Paul Badenhorst and Sinfree Makoni
  17. Language in Skilled Migration – Loy Lising
  18. Rethinking (Un)Skilled Migrants: Whose Skills, What Skills, For What and For Whom? – Cécile B. Vigouroux
  19. Diaspora and Language – Jonathan Rosa and Sunny Trivedi
  20. Part 3

  21. Complexity, Mobility, Migration – Jan Blommaert, Massimiliano Spotti and Jef Van der Aa
  22. Spatiotemporal Scales and the Study of Mobility – Mastin Prinsloo
  23. Narrative in the Study of Migrants – Anna De Fina and Amelia Tseng
  24. Multi-Sited Ethnography and Language in the Study of Migration – Hilary Parsons Dick and Lynnette Arnold
  25. Traveling Texts, Translocal/Transnational Literacies and Transcontextual Analysis – Catherine Kell
  26. Intersections of Necessity and Desire in Migration Research – Mike Baynham
  27. Part 4

  28. Citizenship, Immigration Laws and Language – Kamran Khan and Tim McNamara
  29. A Rhizomatic Account of Heritage Language: the Case of Chinese in Singapore – E.K. Tan
  30. Language-In-Education Policies and Mobile Citizens – Beatriz P. Lorente
  31. Mobility and English Language Policies and Practices in Higher Education – Jennifer Jenkins
  32. Mobility, Language and Schooling – Margaret R. Hawkins and Anneliese Cannon
  33. Communication Practices and Policies in Workplace Mobility – Marta Kirilova and Jo Angouri
  34. Language-Mediated Services for Migrants: Monolingualist Institutional Regimes and Translinguistic User Practices – Maria Sabaté Dalmau, Maria Rosa Garrido Sardà and Eva Codó


About the Editor

Suresh Canagarajah is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor and Director of the Migration Studies Project in the Departments of Applied Linguistics and English at Pennsylvania State University, USA.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration