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Language and citizenship: Broadening the agenda

Journal article
Authors Tommaso M. Milani
Published in Journal of Language and Politics
Volume 14
Pages 319-334
ISSN 15692159
Publication year 2015
Published at
Pages 319-334
Language en
Keywords Acts, Affect, Citizenship, Habitus, Multivocality, Status
Subject categories Languages and Literature, Human Geography


The main argument advanced in this article that frames this special issue is that citizenship is not just a highly polysemic word employed by the media and other political institutions; it is also a set of norms and (linguistic) behaviours that individuals are socialised into, as well as a series of practices that social actors perform through an array of semiotic means including multilingualism, multivoicedness, the body, and affect. In light of this, it is proposed that the linguistic/discursive study of citizenship should be expanded beyond a rather narrow emphasis on political proposals about language testing to include the diverse, more or less mundane, ways in which citizenship is enacted via an array of multivocal, material, and affective semiotic resources.

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