Language, Migration, and Identity: Neighborhood Talk in Indonesia

Language, Migration, and Identity: Neighborhood Talk in Indonesia

by Zane Goebel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521519918

ISBN-13: 9780521519915

Pub. Date: 07/29/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

While much scholarship has been devoted to the interplay between language, identity, and social relationships, we know less about how this plays out interactionally in diverse transient settings. Based on research in Indonesia, this book examines how talk plays an important role in mediating social relations in two urban spaces where linguistic and cultural

Overview

While much scholarship has been devoted to the interplay between language, identity, and social relationships, we know less about how this plays out interactionally in diverse transient settings. Based on research in Indonesia, this book examines how talk plays an important role in mediating social relations in two urban spaces where linguistic and cultural diversity is the norm and where distinctions between newcomers and old-timers change regularly. How do people who do not share expectations about how they should behave build new expectations through participating in conversation? Starting from a view of language-society dynamics as enregisterment, Zane Goebel synthesizes a wide range of humanities scholarship with contemporary linguistic anthropology to explore how language is used in this contact setting to build and present identities, expectations, and social relations. It will be welcomed by researchers and students working in the fields of linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, the anthropology of migration, and Asian studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521519915
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/29/2010
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Figures vii

Diagrams viii

Maps ix

Tables x

Extracts xi

Preface xiii

Conventions xvi

1 Introduction 1

1.0 Introduction 1

1.1 Layout of the book 3

1.2 Fieldwork in two wards 7

2 Long-term Processes of Enregisterment 12

2.0 Introduction 12

2.1 Interaction, semiotic registers, and enregisterment 13

2.2 Enregisterment: From colonial to New Order Indonesia 16

2.3 Government policy, regional languages, and schooling 19

2.4 Popular television and enregisterment in late New Order Indonesia 22

2.5 Ethnicity and Chineseness 34

2.6 Conclusions 38

3 Enregistering Local Practices and Local Spaces 42

3.0 Introduction 42

3.1 The genesis of local wards 43

3.2 Trajectories of socialization in Ward 5 46

3.3 Trajectories of socialization in Ward 8 50

3.4 Conclusions 55

4 Linguistic Signs, Alternation, Crossing, and Adequation 58

4.0 Introduction 58

4.1 Classification of lexical signs 60

4.2 Lexical form knowledge and use 67

4.3 Learning Javanese 71

4.4 Conclusions 75

5 Women, Narratives, Identity, and Expectations in Ward 8 76

5.0 Introduction 76

5.1 Narratives and processes of social identification 76

5.2 Initial processes of social identification in a female meeting 81

5.3 Narratives, collusion, identity and negative affect 88

5.4 Publicly co-constructing self, other, and expectations for social conduct 92

5.5 Conclusions 105

6 Learning to Become a Good Ward Member 109

6.0 Introduction 109

6.1 Enregisterment across speech situations 110

6.2 Linguistic sign exchanges, interactional histories and meta-pragmatics 118

6.3 Conclusions 124

7 Emerging Identities in a Monthly Ward 8 Male Meeting 126

7.0 Introduction 126

7.1 Widely and locally circulating signs of personhood 127

7.2 Narratives, medium choice and social identification 129

7.3 Patterns of linguistic sign exchange 141

7.4 Conclusions 144

8 Chineseness as Deviance l47

8.0 Introduction 147

8.1 (Re)establishing finances and social relations 147

8.2 Chineseness as deviance 153

8.3 Linguistic sign exchanges and interactional histories 161

8.4 Conclusions l69

9 Language Ideologies and Practice in Ward 5 172

9.0 Introduction 172

9.1 Intra-ethnic talk in a card game 174

9.2 Habitual intra-ethnic linguistic sign exchanges and local histories 178

9.3 Inter-ethnic talk in a card game 182

9.4 Habitual inter-ethnic linguistic sign exchanges and local histories 186

9.5 Conclusions 190

10 Conclusions 191

10.0 Introduction 191

10.1 A brief recapitulation 192

10.2 Approaching migration, migrants and interaction in a transient setting 197

Notes 199

References 202

Index 214

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