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The Routledge Handbook of Migration and Language

Edited By

Suresh Canagarajah

ISBN 9780367581350
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
610 Pages

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Book Description

** Winner of AAAL Book Award 2020 **

**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.

Table of Contents



  1. Translanguaging in Mobility

  2. Nation-State, Transnationalism, and Language

  3. Superdiversity and Language

  4. Neoliberalism, Language and Migration

  5. Space, Place, and Language

  6. New Orientations to Identity in Mobility

  7. Social Class in Migration, Identity and Language Research

  8. National and Ethnic Minorities: Language rights and recognition

  9. PART 2

  10. Regional Flows and Language Resources

  11. Displacement and Language

  12. Migration trajectories: Implications for language proficiencies and identities

  13. Slavery, Indentured Work and Language

  14. Settler Varieties

  15. Trade Migration

  16. Migrations, Religions, and Social Flux

  17. Language in Skilled Migration

  18. Rethinking (Un)skilled Migrants: Whose skills, what skills, for what and for whom?

  19. Diaspora and Language

  20. PART 3

  21. Complexity, Mobility, Migration

  22. Spatiotemporal Scales and the Study of Mobility

  23. Narrative in the Study of Migrants

  24. Multi-sited Ethnography and Language in the Study of Migration

  25. Traveling Texts, Translocal/Transnational Literacies and Transcontextual Analysis

  26. Intersections of Necessity and Desire in Migration Research

  27. PART 4

  28. Citizenship, Immigration Laws and Language

  29. A Rhizomatic Account of Heritage Language: The case of Chinese in Singapore

  30. Language-In-Education Policies and Mobile Citizens

  31. Mobility and English Language Policies and Practices in Higher Education

  32. Mobility, Language and Schooling

  33. Communication Practices and Policies in Workplace Mobility

  34. Language-mediated Services for Migrants: Monolingualist institutional regimes and translinguistic user practices

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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.



“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