Language in Late Modernity: Interaction in an Urban School

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The study of teenagers in the classroom, and how they interact with one another and their teachers, can tell us a great deal about late-modern (contemporary) society. In this revealing account, Ben Rampton presents the extensive sociolinguistic research he carried out in an inner-city high school. Through his vivid analysis of classroom talk, he offers answers to some important contemporary questions: does social class still count for young people, or is it in demise? Are traditional authority relationships in schools being undermined? How is this affected by popular media culture? His study, which provides numerous transcripts and three extensive case studies, introduces new ways of perceiving established ideas in sociolinguistics, such as identity, insecurity, the orderliness of classroom talk and the experience of learning at school. In doing so, Rampton shows how work in sociolinguistics can contribute to some major current debates in sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and education.
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"a beautifully-realized work of mature scholarship and highly readable...One could hand the book to a student and say, without much exaggeration, 'Read this, and then follow up the sources, and you will be a fully formed socio linguist'. It is a spectacular book, and the ambition proclaimed in its title, that the work will be relevant far beyond the world of classroom ethnography in which it is centered, is very much justified in its content"
The Journal of Sociolinguistics

"It is difficult to do justice to this book in one review. It is complex, lucidly written ... a major contribution to the field"
British Journal of Sociology of Education

"Combining interactional analysis with capacious theoretical argument, it exemplifies the best tradition of ethnography sociolinguistics..."
Journal of Anthropological Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521011976
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/2008
  • Series: Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics Series, #22
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Rampton is Professor of Applied and Sociolinguistics at Kings College London.

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Table of Contents

1 Late modern language, interaction and schooling 3
2 Talk in class at central high 41
3 Popular culture in the classroom 94
4 Deutsch in improvised performance 137
5 Ritual in the instruction and inversion of German 173
6 Language and class I : theoretical orientations 215
7 Language and class II : empirical preliminaries 239
8 Schooling, class and stylisation 269
9 Classed subjectivities in interaction 325
10 Reflections on generalisation, theory and knowledge construction 385
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