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Who's afraid of Rinkeby Swedish? Stylization, Complicity, Resistance
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, ISSN 1055-1360, Vol. 22, no 1, 44-63 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Over the last 30 years, linguistic practices of young people in highly dense urban environments in Sweden (also called Rinkeby Swedish) have become something of a Foucauldian conundrum: a phenomenon to be investigated, a problem to be regulated. The present article will explore the dynamic interplay between the ideologies and practices with regard to Rinkeby Swedish. The article will focus on (1) a panel debate that took place in the context of the annual School Forum (Skolforum) in Stockholm in 2009, and (2) a few school interactions among those adolescents whose linguistic practices have generated so much public concern. The main argument of the article is that both the public debate and the school practices are examples of stylized performances in which the participants simultaneously reproduce and complexify or resist dominant language ideologies, together with the (local) cultural meanings and stereotypes associated with them. [youth styles, ethnicity, parody, language ideology, Rinkeby Swedish]

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2012. Vol. 22, no 1, 44-63 p.
Keyword [en]
youth styles, ethnicity, parody, language ideology, Rinkeby Swedish
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Social Sciences
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Child and Youth Science; Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-71272DOI: 10.1111/j.1548-1395.2012.01133.xISI: 000303994700003OAI: diva2:484368
Available from: 2012-01-26 Created: 2012-01-26 Last updated: 2012-10-02Bibliographically approved

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