Review of : Mia Halonen, Pasi Ihalainen, and Taina Saarinen (eds): Language Policies in Finland and Sweden, Interdisciplinary and Multi-sited Comparisons, Multilingual Matters, Bristol, Buffalo, Toronto, 2015, xi + 266 pp, ISBN: 978-1-78309-270-3

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Review of : Mia Halonen, Pasi Ihalainen, and Taina Saarinen (eds): Language Policies in Finland and Sweden, Interdisciplinary and Multi-sited Comparisons, Multilingual Matters, Bristol, Buffalo, Toronto, 2015, xi + 266 pp, ISBN: 978-1-78309-270-3

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Title Review of : Mia Halonen, Pasi Ihalainen, and Taina Saarinen (eds): Language Policies in Finland and Sweden, Interdisciplinary and Multi-sited Comparisons, Multilingual Matters, Bristol, Buffalo, Toronto, 2015, xi + 266 pp, ISBN: 978-1-78309-270-3
Author Lundberg, Adrian
Research Centre The Institute for Studies in Malmö's History (IMH)
Date 2017
English abstract
This volume addresses several areas of language policy discourse in Finland and Sweden. The editors showcase the multi-sited nature of politics and policies by combining different data, foci, theories and methods. This setup allows researchers from various fields to understand diverse political phenomena linked to language policy. The choice of Finland and Sweden as the national contexts for the empirical studies is insightful, due to the common (linguistic) history of the countries and the rather different approaches they have adopted for their respective current language policies. While the officially bilingual country of Finland has often been viewed as a model for guaranteeing the rights of the minority language, Sweden’s increasing awareness of the country’s multilingual nature is a fairly recent development. As is also pointed out in the epilogue of the volume, the findings and evidence presented in part 2 (Language Policies in Parliaments, Legislation and the Media) and part 3 (Individuals as Constructors and Reflectors of Language Policies) should be used to rethink the way we approach and analyse language policy in many countries. Together with the theoretical and methodological introduction (chapter 1) and the epilogue (chapter 10), the well-structured volume consists of 10 chapters that are nicely interconnected.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10993-016-9416-0 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue Language Policy;1
Volume 16
ISSN 1568-4555
Pages 111-113
Language eng (iso)
Subject Multilingualism
Language Policy
Nordic countries
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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