Immigration and Bureaucratic Control: Language Practices in by Codó, Eva

By Codó, Eva

This unique research seems to be at language practices in a central authority corporation chargeable for granting or denying felony prestige to transnational migrants in Spain. Drawing on a different corpus of naturally-occurring verbal interactions among nation officers and migrant petitioners in addition to ethnographic fabrics and interviews, it offers a desirable perception into the connection among language, social heterogeneity, and practices of exclusion. The ebook investigates how a countrywide corporation with homogenizing perspectives of citizenship copes with the basic contradiction as a result of the state's dedication to the values of pluralism, justice, and equality, and its functionality because the regulator of entry to socioeconomic assets. via targeting info provision, the publication explores how a lot room there's for person company in institutional contexts; and indicates that what occurs in front-line speak has little or no to do with permitting immigrants entry to an important details yet fairly revolves round the regimentation of language and behaviour, and the enactment of social keep watch over. This e-book could be welcomed by means of scholars and researchers within the fields of sociolinguistics, language and immigration, institutional speak, and multilingualism.

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Current large-scale immigration to Spain must be understood and framed within the context of changing patterns of migration on a European level. The Mediterranean countries of the south have gradually replaced the countries of the north as preferred destinations. Thus, in 2001, Spain was the member state which contributed the largest number of new immigrant residents to the European Union (Arango 2002). Like other southern European countries, Spain has been for many centuries a country of emigrants to different places in the world, mainly the Americas and northern Europe.

In the bureaucratic arena, for instance, state representatives have the upper hand because they have access to important forms of capital like insider information about administrative procedures and knowledge of the bureaucratic code. Yet, at the same time, fields are sites of struggle in which, as we have mentioned, social actors try to maintain or alter the distribution of capital, or fight over the value attached to different forms of capital, such as linguistic capital. We shall see the ways in which this happens when immigrant clients and local bureaucrats interact and what the outcomes of these struggles are.

I also attempted to audiorecord in some departments that were run by the police, but they did not allow me to. It was through observing and listening to service talk in the different departments I visited that I was able to identify the site that would best suit my research purposes. I chose the information desk at the 2000 legalisation office for four reasons: firstly, because of its focus on one bureaucratic procedure only, which allowed me to examine it in close detail; secondly, because of its focus on providing information face-to-face; thirdly, because different languages were employed in service talk; and finally, because most of the staff had just been hired to work on the legalisation campaign.

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