Superdiversity and language: Notes from a social policy perspective

Posted on Monday 8th July 2013

A paper entitled 'Superdiversity and language: Notes from a social policy perspective' has recently been published. This paper by IRiS's Dr Jenny Phillimore was a discussant commentary at a recent seminar held at the University of Birmingham on 'Conceptualizing multilingualism under superdiversity: Membership claims, social categories and emblems of authenticity' hosted by MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism and the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) in June 2013.

"Dr Jenny Phillimore: As a social policy analyst I have tended to see language as a means to an end, a mechanism for communicating need, for accessing resources, for offering help and also to some extent for signalling belonging. I’m aware that it has also become almost an institutionalised boundary to membership as well as a signifier of belonging or integration."

Read the full paper, 'Superdiversity and language: Notes from a social policy perspective'

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