Introduction: Language and Globalization in South and Central Asian Spaces

Bolander, Brook; Mostowlansky, Till (2017). Introduction: Language and Globalization in South and Central Asian Spaces. International journal of the sociology of language, 2017(247), pp. 1-11. Mouton de Gruyter 10.1515/ijsl-2017-0018

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In this introduction, we outline our approach to the two main themes this interdisciplinary special issue brings together – language and globalization, and South and Central Asian spaces. Arguing for the importance of exploring these topics from multiple, complementary disciplinary angles (sociolinguistic, anthropological and historical), we delineate a conceptualization of language and globalization which both acknowledges the inextricable relationship between language (use and ideology) and processes of globalization (past and present); as well as the challenges this relationship poses for linguistic research. We thereby adopt a viewpoint which underscores the importance of not a priori assuming that any one layer or scale – local, national, transnational, transregional – will be central to the ways language is used to perform or index globalization. To address questions of language and globalization in connection with South and Central Asian spaces, we further underscore our approach to regions as “process geographies”, an outlook which is suggestive of the importance of critically reflecting on the notion of “areas” as potentially unfixed, unstable and oscillating entities.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for the Science of Religion

UniBE Contributor:

Mostowlansky, Till

Subjects:

200 Religion

ISSN:

1613-3668

Publisher:

Mouton de Gruyter

Language:

English

Submitter:

Michaela Wisler

Date Deposited:

02 Apr 2019 16:12

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2019 22:34

Publisher DOI:

10.1515/ijsl-2017-0018

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.129813

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/129813

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