Ethnic Minority Mobilization: Intersections of Distribution and Recognition

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 12:30-14:00
Location: Hörsaal 5A G (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC25 Language and Society (host committee)

Language: Spanish and English

The aim of this session is to explore the extent to which ethnic minority movements can influence macrosocial political agendas around two major issues related to social justice and stratification: distribution (material demands) and representation (symbolic demands regarding identity and new interpretative schemes) (Frazer, 2003). Ethnic identity, according to the interactionist and instrumentalist approach of Frederik Barth (1969), is a form of social organization, produced in the process of ascription and self-ascription, defined by the ethnic boundary, not cultural enclosure.
Following this theoretical tradition, we would like to invite papers analyzing the way minority movements have influenced wealth distribution, introducing demands concerning who gets what (material demands: access to land or water, social benefits, defending communal land, community properties, etc.) and who gets to interpret what people need. Accepting identity as dynamic and relational, we need to consider the process of interaction of ethnic movements with macrosocial political agendas (local, regional, national levels), as well as with the supranational (e.g. EU) level, and the influence of such interaction on distribution and respresentation.
The session welcomes papers studying the dynamics and effects of ethnic interaction through language and discourse, related to some or other of the following problems: 

  • cultural struggles around who defines who belongs to ethnic minorities; 
  • interlinking cultural identity with material and political demands in the process of ethnic political mobilization;
  • the impact of recognition struggles on the distribution of wealth among ethnic minorities and different conceptions of property and material distribution;
  • existing contradictions between recognition and distribution demands.
Session Organizers:
Maria MARTINEZ-IGLESIAS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain and Nadezhda GEORGIEVA-STANKOVA, Trakia University, Bulgaria
Roma Youth Mobilization in Spain. Public Policies, Supranational Agencies and Youth Identity Frames
Anna MIRGA-KRUSZELNICKA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain; Balint-Abel BEREMENYI, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain; Silvia CARRASCO, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Repertoires of Diversity: Ethnic Boundary Construction in Contemporary Brazil
Nuno OLIVEIRA, ISCTE Lisbon University Institute, NIF 501510184, Portugal
Ethnic Mobilization of the Kashubians after the Democratic Turn in Poland
Magdalena LEMANCZYK, The Kashubian Institute, Poland
Language and Academic Discourse at Stellenbosch University
Lloyd HILL, Stellenbosch University, South Africa