Arabic, Self and Identity: A Study in Conflict and Displacement (Paperback)
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Arabic, Self and Identity: A Study in Conflict and Displacement (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 17/11/2011
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Arabic, Self, and Identity uses autoethnography, autobiography, and a detailed study of names to investigate the links between conflict and displacement, and between the Self and group identity. In the process it raises questions about trauma and globalization, underscoring the complex roles of language and identity in society. Yasir Suleiman frames his findings against a far-reaching critique of the dominant, correlational approach in Arabic sociolinguitics. He argues that this approach does not sufficiently explore the link between language and the major narratives of identity and conflict in the Middle East. Instead he advocates for combining this approach with qualitative studies that are nevertheless aware of the limits of interpretation and the positionality of the researcher. This combined endeavor, Suleiman says, can generate a richer understanding of the sociopolitical underpinnings of language, and help to bridge the gaps between the various disciplines that converge on language as a field of investigation and analysis.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199747009
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 378 g
Dimensions: 234 x 155 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The book is rich, informative, and interesting at the thematic, methodological, and informational levels. The book is a valuable resource for different groups of readers, including sociolinguists, historians, anthropologists, politicians, as well as non-professionals. * Abdulkafi Albirini, Journal of Sociolinguistics *
I feel Suleiman has once again done an excellent job in bringing to our attention a wealth of important data and offering a thought-provoking discussion of this material. * Eirlys E. Davies, Journal of Semitic Studies *
an indispensable corpus on the inner workings of identity in relation to Arabic languages today. * Journal of Levantine Studies *

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