Language Diversity, Power and Social Equality
Language: English, French and Spanish
Linguistically diverse contexts often involve asymmetric power relations and symbolic violence which is reflected in the vitality of the languages in contact, their use, knowledge and prestige, as well as the attitudes towards these languages or their speakers, or their value as a linguistic (and human) capital. And not only in settings where there are historically minority and minorized languages, but also in societies with high linguistic diversity due to migratory cycles.
Along this line, some of the key issues to analyze range from the social situation of language(s) and its causes to the initiatives meant to guarantee linguistic rights, as well as linguistic integration of migrants or their descendants, all working towards a greater social equity.
This session is intended to take into account proposals that look at these dynamics from a sociological perspective in a broad sense.