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A Book Review: Language and Culture on the Margins: Global/Local Interactions S. Kroon, & J. Swanenberg (Eds.) (2019). Routledge

Published Online: 26 May 2021
Page range: 175 - 184
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16 Apr 2015
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Summary

The focus of this book, which is a collection of twelve studies, is sociolinguistic transformations in marginal contexts that are not usually covered by mainstream publications. The term ‘margin’ in these studies refers to smaller nations and communities located in the peripheries of global hubs. The book includes online margins as well, contemplating the impact of the internet and mobile devices on people’s lives, where standard programs and instruments employed in informal settings are often not applicable. The collection is published on time when the notion of margins and language needs rethinking and reinterpretation. The topics can be characterized as interdisciplinary, and as such the chapters are densely intertwined with both linguistic and social issues, including the impact of technology on the creation of language varieties, the effect of territorial administration on identity development, the role of media in spreading the languages of subcultures, the effect of mobile phones on the transformation of identities. The methods include linguistic landscaping, content analysis, interviews and conversations, and participant observation. Although some chapters employ a combination of several methods, most studies have used a dominant method to collect data. The editors have collected diverse topics of sociolinguistics in this book, which is a very helpful resource for educational institutions, where theories and methods of applied linguistics are a part of their curriculum. It is also a unique complementary literature useful for junior students of applied linguistics who are in the process of exploring research topics in less discussed contexts. The review combines both descriptive and critical approaches, and includes an overview of each case study and their research methods.

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Blommaert, J. (2019). Redefining the sociolinguistic ‘local’: Examples from Tanzania. In S. Kroon, & J. Swanenberg (Eds.), Language and culture on the margins: Global/local interactions (pp. 12–26). Routledge. Search in Google Scholar

Goebel, Z. (2019). Reterritorialization and the construction of margins and centers through imitation in Indonesia. In S. Kroon, & J. Swanenberg (Eds.), Language and culture on the margins: Global/local interactions (pp. 27–50). Routledge. Search in Google Scholar

Kroon, S., & Swanenberg, J. (2019). Introduction: Language and culture on the margins. In S. Kroon, & J. Swanenberg (Eds.), Language and culture on the margins: Global/local interactions (pp. 1–10). Rootledge. Search in Google Scholar

Kroon, S., Van der Aa, J., & Asfaha, Y. (2019). English in Asmara as a changing reflection of online globalization. In S. Kroon, & J. Swanenberg (Eds.), Language and culture on the margins: Global/local interactions (pp. 53–66). Routledge. Search in Google Scholar

Laihonen, P., & Csérnicskó, I. (2019). Landscaping a transcarpathian spa in South-Western Ukraine. In S. Kroon, & J. Swanenberg (Eds.), Language and culture on the margins: Global/local interactions (pp. 145–163). Routledge. Search in Google Scholar

Moita-Lopez, L., Fabricio, B., & Guimaraes, T. (2019). Scaling queer performatives of genders and sexualities in the periphery of Rio de Janeiro in digital and face-to-face semiotic encounters. In S. Kroon, & J. Swanenberg (Eds.), Language and culture on the margins: Global/local interactions (pp. 127–143). Routledge. Search in Google Scholar

Richardson, G. (2019). Galypso music, globalization and plurilingualism in the Dutch Caribbean. In S. Kroon, & J. Swanenberg (Eds.), Language and culture on the margins: Global/local interactions (pp. 185–200). Routledge. Search in Google Scholar

Spotti, M. (2019). Globalized linguistic resources at work: A case study of a local supermarket in Finnish Lapland. In S. Kroon, & J. Swanenberg (Eds.), Language and culture on the margins: Global/local interactions (pp. 165–183). Routledge. Search in Google Scholar

Sultana, S. (2019). Gender performativity in virtual space: Transglossic language practices of young women in Bangladesh. In S. Kroon, & J. Swanenberg (Eds.), Language and culture on the margins: Global/local interactions (pp. 69–89). Routledge. Search in Google Scholar

Velghe, F. (2019). Literacy acquisition and mobile phones in a South African township: The story of Sarah. In S. Kroon, & J. Swanenberg (Eds.), Language and culture on the margins: Global/local interactions (pp. 109–125). Routledge. Search in Google Scholar

Wang, X. (2019). Consuming English in rural China: Lookalike language and the semiotics of aspiration. In S. Kroon, & J. Swanenberg (Eds.), Language and culture on the margins: Global/local interactions (pp. 202–228). Routledge. Search in Google Scholar

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