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Language, asylum, and the national order

Jan Blommaert UGent (2009) CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY. 50(4). p.415-441
abstract
This paper discusses modernist reactions to postmodern realities. Asylum seekers in Western Europe-people typically inserted into postmodern processes of globalization-are routinely subjected to identification analyses that emphasize the national order. The paper documents the case of a Rwandan refugee in the United Kingdom whose nationality was disputed by the Home Office because of his "abnormal" linguistic repertoire. An analysis of that repertoire, however, supports the applicant's credibility. The theoretical problematic opposes two versions of sociolinguistics: a sociolinguistics of languages, used by the Home Office, and a sociolinguistics of speech and repertoires, used in this paper. The realities of modern reactions to postmodern phenomena must be taken into account as part of the postmodern phenomenology of language in society.
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type
journalArticle (proceedingsPaper)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
POLITICAL ASYLUM, ORIGIN, GLOBALIZATION, REFLECTIONS, IDEOLOGIES, SEEKERS, REFUGEES, IDENTITY
journal title
CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY
Curr. Anthropol.
volume
50
issue
4
pages
415 - 441
conference name
Annual conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics
conference location
Washington, DC, USA
conference start
2008-03-28
conference end
2008-04-01
Web of Science type
Proceedings Paper
Web of Science id
000267498300001
JCR category
ANTHROPOLOGY
JCR impact factor
2.232 (2009)
JCR rank
6/67 (2009)
JCR quartile
1 (2009)
ISSN
0011-3204
DOI
10.1086/600131
language
English
UGent publication?
no
classification
A1
id
811115
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-811115
date created
2009-12-14 22:37:34
date last changed
2013-01-09 10:42:33
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  author       = {Blommaert, Jan},
  issn         = {0011-3204},
  journal      = {CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY},
  keyword      = {POLITICAL ASYLUM,ORIGIN,GLOBALIZATION,REFLECTIONS,IDEOLOGIES,SEEKERS,REFUGEES,IDENTITY},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Washington, DC, USA},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {415--441},
  title        = {Language, asylum, and the national order},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/600131},
  volume       = {50},
  year         = {2009},
}

Chicago
Blommaert, Jan. 2009. “Language, Asylum, and the National Order.” Current Anthropology 50 (4): 415–441.
APA
Blommaert, J. (2009). Language, asylum, and the national order. CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY, 50(4), 415–441. Presented at the Annual conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics.
Vancouver
1.
Blommaert J. Language, asylum, and the national order. CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY. 2009;50(4):415–41.
MLA
Blommaert, Jan. “Language, Asylum, and the National Order.” CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY 50.4 (2009): 415–441. Print.