Language and Superdiversity: Indonesians Knowledging at Home and Abroad

Paperback | June 29, 2015

byZane Goebel

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Scholars of language ideology have encouraged us to reflect on and explore where social categories come from, how they have been reproduced, and whether and to what extent they are relevant to everyday interactional practices. Taking up on these issues, this book focuses on how ethnicity hasbeen semiotically constructed, valued, and reproduced in Indonesia since Dutch colonial times, and how this category is drawn upon in everyday talk. In doing so, this book also seeks to engage with scholarship on superdiversity while highlighting some points of engagement with work on ideas aboutcommunity. The book draws upon a broad range of scholarship on Indonesia, recordings of Indonesian television from the mid-1990s onwards, and recordings of the talk of Indonesian students living in Japan. It is argued that some of the main mechanisms for the reproduction and revaluation of ethnicity and its links with linguistic form include waves of technological innovations that bring people into contact (e.g. changes in transportation infrastructure, introduction of print media, television, radio,the internet, etc.), and the increasing use of one-to-many participation frameworks such as school classrooms and the mass media. In examining the talk of sojourning Indonesians the book goes on to explore how ideologies about ethnicity are used to establish and maintain convivial social relationswhile in Japan. Maintaining such relationships is not a trivial thing and it is argued that the pursuit of conviviality is an important practice because of its relationship with broader concerns about eking out a living.

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Scholars of language ideology have encouraged us to reflect on and explore where social categories come from, how they have been reproduced, and whether and to what extent they are relevant to everyday interactional practices. Taking up on these issues, this book focuses on how ethnicity hasbeen semiotically constructed, valued, and re...

Zane Goebel is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at La Trobe University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.18 inPublished:June 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Orientations2. The Semiotic Figurement of Communities in Indonesia3. Representing Ethnicity and Social Relations on Television4. Ethnicity During a Decade of Political Reform and Decentralization5. The Anchoring of Alternation to Place6. Representing and Authorizing Linguistic Superdiversity7. Talk and Conviviality Amongst Indonesians in Japan8. Knowledging, Conviviality, Community, and Togetherness in Difference9. ConclusionGlossaryReferences