Sociological Studies of Language: Theory & Method

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 4A KS (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC25 Language and Society (host committee)

Language: English

Sociological studies of language have benefited from two disciplinary forces: changing and contested notions of what constitutes a social science; and, deeper appreciation for the inseparability of symbolic practices and material realities. In the last 40 years, more sociologists have turned to a broad range of theories and methods for apprehending the sociological importance of language.   
This session explores the conference theme of “the futures we want” by raising broad disciplinary questions regarding studies of language and production of knowledge. As such it is a session that focuses on the constitution and transformation of sociological studies of language and the social and sociological importance of such studies. Themes for paper submissions may include but are not limited to:

  • Recent developments, strategies, and trends in studies of language;
  • Controversies and debates regarding sociological studies of language;
  • Innovative, cross-disciplinary studies of language;
  • Methodological problems and critiques;
  • Studies of language in relation to discourses of social science;
  • Relevance of sociological studies of language to broader cultural debates and concerns.
Session Organizers:
Celine-Marie PASCALE, American University, USA and Amado ALARCON ALARCON, Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Hermeneutic Bourdieu
Simon SUSEN, City University London, United Kingdom
How to Incooperate the Category Language into Sociological Analysis of Social Inequalities
Susanne BECKER, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
Unequal Exchange in the World Language System
Abraham DE SWAAN, Columbia University, USA
Discourse Analysis Re-Formulated As Engaged Practices of Thorizing Social Processes
Hakushi HAMAOKA, Nova School of Business and Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal