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LINGUIST List 19.1402

Thu Apr 24 2008

Books: Applied Ling/Socioling/Pragmatics: Codó

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Immigration and Bureaucratic Control: Codó


Message 1: Immigration and Bureaucratic Control: Codó
Date: 23-Apr-2008
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Immigration and Bureaucratic Control: Codó
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Title: Immigration and Bureaucratic Control
Subtitle: Language Practices in Public Administration
Series Title: Language, Power and Social Process [LPSP] 20
Published: 2008
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110195897-1

Author: Eva Codó
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110195897 Pages: 254 Price: Europe EURO 98.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110195897 Pages: 254 Price: U.S. $ 125.00 Comment: For orders placed in North America only
Abstract:

This original study looks at language practices in a government agency
responsible for granting or denying legal status to transnational migrants
in Spain. Drawing on a unique corpus of naturally-occurring verbal
interactions between state officials and migrant petitioners as well as
ethnographic materials and interviews, it provides a fascinating insight
into the relationship between language, social heterogeneity, and practices
of exclusion.

The book investigates how a national agency with homogenizing views of
citizenship copes with the fundamental contradiction resulting from the
state's commitment to the values of pluralism, justice, and equality, and
its function as the regulator of access to socioeconomic resources. By
focusing on information provision, the book explores how much room there is
for individual agency in institutional contexts; and shows that what
happens in front-line talk has very little to do with allowing immigrants
access to crucial information but rather revolves around the regimentation
of language and behavior, and the enactment of social control. This
publication will be welcomed by students and researchers in the fields of
sociolinguistics, language and immigration, institutional talk, and
multilingualism.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Pragmatics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=35129


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