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The Sociolinguistics of Voice in Globalising China

1st Edition

By Jie Dong

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160 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book deploys and develops the notion of voice in an investigation of China’s rapidly reshuffling society. The book is structured around two aspects of the voicing process in contemporary China: (1) stratification of voice, which addresses the stabilizing condition of voice; and (2) restratification of voice that draws attention to the dynamics of the system of which the order is reshuffling and not yet apparent. This structure allows us to unveil the hidden forces played out in the voice making process and to stratifying and re-stratifying process of contemporary Chinese society in which some people are making themselves heard whereas others are losing voice. 

Despite its importance and usefulness, voice has been under theorized in recent decades. The ambitions of this book therefore are to invest serious efforts in developing the notion and to position it in the center of the theoretical toolkits available to students and scholars within and outside sociolinguistics.

Reviews

A must read for those who want to appreciate the voices from different corners of the Chinese society that is being stratified and restratified by migration and globalization. Andy Gao, Associate Professor, The University of Hong Kong

Table of Contents

Part I: Voice

1. Voice in globalizing China: An Ethnography

2. China’s Stratification and Linguistic Complexity

Part II: Stratification of Voice and the Stabilizing Conditions of Voice

3. Enregistered Voice of Putonghua

4. Voice in the Move: Internal Labor Migrants and Elite Migrants

Part III: Restratification of Voice

5. Voice and the Transnational “Commuters”

6. Voicing in the Virtual Spaces

7. Conclusions and Reflections

About the Author

Dong Jie is an Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Tsinghua University, China.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LAN009050
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics