Migration, Language Integration and Inequalities. Part I

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC25 Language and Society (host committee)
RC31 Sociology of Migration

Language: Spanish, French and English

As a result of the migratory flows of the last decades, the linguistic diversity -or superdiversity- scenarios have multiplied exponentially throughout the planet. This has been occurring in Western societies, as well as in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America.


In these contexts, one of the most significant dimensions in the social integration of migrants -and their descendants- is linguistics (including the role of the mother tongue in this process), either as a form of human capital, which facilitates educational success and /or access to the labour market, or as symbolic capital, which can determine different modes of socio-cultural integration. But it is no less true that the existing literature indicates that the outcomes of these dynamics are often asymmetric, becoming axes of social inequality.

In this field there are many questions to be answered, but concerning this Joint Session, it is of special interest to analyze the linguistic integration processes of adult migrants and / or their descendants around the world in the socio-educational, socio-laboral and socio-cultural spheres (among others) , as well as their implications with respect to increasing or reducing social inequalities.

Session Organizers:
Cecilio LAPRESTA-REY, Universidad de Lleida, Spain and Sara Nuzhat AMIN, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji
Oral Presentations
The Business of Accent Reduction and Interest Divergence
Vijay RAMJATTAN, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada
Transnational Spaces and Linguistic Capital
Julia SCHROEDTER, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Joerg ROESSEL, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Foreign Language Knowledge: A Resource or a Barrier for Economic Integration?
Josep UBALDE BUENAFUENTE, URV-Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain; Amado ALARCON ALARCON, University Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Multifaceted Views on the Role of Language for Migrants’ Social Positions
Isabell DIEKMANN, Osnabrück University, Germany; Joanna Jadwiga SIENKIEWICZ, Bielefeld University, Germany
Is Local Language a Necessary Pathway to Immigrant’s Labor Market Integration? the Case of Hong Kong
Yuying TONG, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Wenyang SU, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Distributed Papers