Books: Ethnography, Superdiversity and Linguistic Landscapes: Blommaert
Editor for this issue: Justin Petro
Date: 21-Aug-2013 From: Elinor Robertson <marketingmultilingual-matters.com> Subject: Ethnography, Superdiversity and Linguistic Landscapes: Blommaert E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Ethnography, Superdiversity and Linguistic Landscapes
Subtitle: Chronicles of Complexity
Series Title: Critical Language and Literacy Studies
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
Superdiversity has rendered familiar places, groups and practices extraordinarily complex, and the traditional tools of analysis need rethinking. In this book, Jan Blommaert investigates his own neighbourhood in Antwerp, Belgium, from a complexity perspective. Using an innovative approach to linguistic landscaping, he demonstrates how multilingual signs can be read as chronicles documenting the complex histories of a place. The book can be read in many ways: as a theoretical and methodological contribution to the study of linguistic landscape; as one of the first monographs which addresses the sociolinguistics of superdiversity; or as a revision of some of the fundamental assumptions of social science through the use of chaos and complexity theory as an inspiration for understanding the structures of contemporary social life.