Language and National Identity: Comparing France and Sweden

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 305 pages
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This book re-examines the relationship between language and national identity. Unlike many previous studies, it employs a comparative approach: France and Sweden have been chosen as case studies both for their similarities (e.g. both are member states of the European Union) as well as their important differences (e.g. France subscribes in principle to a civic model of national identity, whereas the basis of Swedish identity is undeniably ethnic). It is precisely differences such as these which allow for a more comprehensive understanding of the ethnolinguistic implications of some of the major challenges currently facing France, Sweden and other European countries: regionalism, immigration, European integration and globalization.
The present volume benefits from the use of a multidisciplinary approach, and differs from others on the market because of the variety of methods of inquiry used. A series of societal analyses is complemented by an empirical component, bringing a more grounded understanding to the issue of language and national identity.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Basic concepts
9
Theoretical framework
29
Language and national identity A general perspective
49
Language and national identity in the national arena
79
Language and national identity in the European arena
127
Language and national identity in the global arena
147
Language and national identity in France and SwedenA survey
175
Notes
239
Appendix A
249
Appendix B
257
Bibliography
265
Index of subjects
293
Index of names
300
STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY
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Conclusion
229

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