Languaging the worker: globalized governmentalities in/of language in peripheral spaces

Kati Dlaske*, Elisabeth Barakos, Kyoko Motobayashi, Mireille McLaughlin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In the introduction to the special issue “Languaging the worker: globalized governmentalities in/of language in peripheral spaces”, we take up the notion of governmentality as a means to interrogate the complex relationship between language, labor, power and subjectivity in peripheral multilingual spaces. Our aim here is to argue for the study of governmentality as a viable and growing approach in critical sociolinguistic research. As such, in this introduction, we first discuss key concepts germane to our interrogations, including the notions of governmentality, languaging, peripherality and language worker. We proceed to map out five ethnographically and discourse-analytically informed case studies. These examine diverse actors in different settings pertaining to the domain of work. Finally we chart how the case studies construe the issue of languaging the worker through a governmentality frame.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-359
Number of pages15
JournalMultilingua
Volume35
Issue number4
Early online date6 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

Bibliographical note

Copyright: Walter de Gruyter

Keywords

  • governmentality
  • sociolinguistics of globalization
  • peripherality
  • work
  • multilingualism

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