Linguistic Identities in 21st Century Europe: Edited Forum in Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

Philip McDermott (Editor), Sarah McMonagle (Editor)

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Abstract

In twenty-first-century Europe, macroprocesses such as globalisation
and nationalism shape and mould how we continue to perceive and
consider languages. The discussion pieces in this forum indicate that
the centrality of the ‘nation’ is, for now, unbudgeable in top-down processes of recognition. This has clear ramifications for cultural minorities (both autochthonous and allochthonous, real and perceived), as
the discourse of nation has ‘prioritised’ ideas such as the ‘national
language’, which results in the ‘othering’ of the languages of minority groups. However, even under conditions where some languages
are prioritised over others, the resilience of linguistic communities
prevails, as was traditionally the case, through grassroots organisation
that provide a reactive force in the face of opposition.
Original languageEnglish
TypeEdited Collection
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages42
Edition2
Volume28
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019

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