Language and National Identity: Comparing France and Sweden
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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Language and national identity A general perspective
Language and national identity in the national arena
Language and national identity in the European arena
Language and national identity in the global arena
Language and national identity in France and SwedenA survey
Ager amongst attitudes and national cent century Chapter civic claim considered context convergence countries culture dominant group economic élite ethnic group ethnolinguistic ethnolinguistic identity ethnolinguistic minorities Europe European arena European identity European Union example Flaitz foreign France and Sweden French and Swedish French identity French language French respondents French students French/Swedish German Giles global arena grassroots level Hagège Hettne Hyltenstam identity theory ideology important integration la Francophonie language and national language attitudes language purism language shift langue française linguistic boundaries linguistic consciousness minority languages myth nation-state national arena national identity strategies national language non-linguistic Nonetheless observed official language outgroup particular political positive identity prescriptivism purism regional languages regional minorities Rinkeby Swedish role Sámi Section 4.2 semilingualism social identity Sörlin and Østergård speakers språk status survey svenska Swedish identity Swedish language Swedish Language Council Swedish respondents Swedish students Tornedalians Toubon Law variable Wingstedt 1998