Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2016
Managing people with language: language policy, planning and practice in multilingual blue-collar workplaces: a global perspective
Special Issue Editor: Kellie Gonçalves
This special issue of Language Policy centers on the latest conditions of language policy, planning and practices taking place in diverse 'blue-collar' workplaces around the world as a result of the new globalized economy (Heller 2013). Adopting a transformationalist approach to globalization acknowledges that transnational interdependencies are not new, and continue to affect the rise of a 'new', international division of labor, which, effects how languages are being utilized, conceptualized and managed in innovative and different ways (Pietikäinen et al. 2016) by employers and employees in various workplace contexts (Duchêne & Heller 2012). As a result, language as a resource - whether symbolic, interactional, material or ideological - flows, changes and is often used by very powerful agents (Menken & García 2010) to manage individuals in their everyday lives and workplaces.
This special issue of Language Policy is committed to bringing together empirical work by a diverse group of international scholars from various settings around the world to address various questions, while taking into consideration how different political structures and transnational relations between institutions including labor markets affect the movement of blue-collar (and often migrant) workers globally.
This special issue will add to existing literature on LPP studies by addressing diverse topics that cover the methodological challenges (Ricento 2000; Hult & Johnson 2015; Gonçalves & Schluter 2016) of carrying out such work and expand our theoretical understanding of LPP in domains that are currently underrepresented (García & Kelly-Holmes 2016: 2). Topics include:
- Examination of the ways in which language is being managed at different levels (ranging from the local to the national) and how such policies and ensuing practices perpetuate social inequality within blue-collar workplace settings across various transnational, majority-language and minority-speaking contexts.
- Analysis of language practices within blue-collar workplace settings and diverse linguistic marketplaces (both private & public) on the micro-level, and how both overt and covert language policies affect and are shaped by individuals' positions of class, race, ethnicity and gender within the political economy.
- Consideration of the crucial role of language ideologies, multilingual practices and power dynamics with regard to labor markets and the specific economic arrangements of blue-collar workers vis-à-vis their employers.
- Addressing and problematizing the methodological challenges of researching LPP within blue-collar workplace contexts and gaining access to informants, many of whom are also minority language speakers.
Interested authors should submit a title and abstract (up to 500 words) to the guest editor of the special thematic issue, Kellie Gonçalves (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 1, 2016. Subsequent to an initial abstract selection process, authors will be informed and invited to submit full papers for full double blind peer review to Language Policy by May 1st 2017. Publication of this special issue is anticipated for early 2018. For more information about the journal and author guidelines, see: http://www.springer.com/linguistics/journal/10993?detailsPage=pltci_2952070