Languages as symbolic capital in ECEC research

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The dominance of English poses a challenge in a couple of ways, including the fact that fluency in English gives a symbolic advantage (everything else being equal) to those who have English as their native language – and conversely disadvantages those who have English as their second or even third language. The dominance of the English language tends to be accompanied by certain cultural and conceptual meanings. I will analyse these challenges with Swaan’s theory (2001) about a world language system and languages as a specific form of cultural capital – namely linguistic capital. I will discuss the implication the dominance of English could have for research discussion.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date3 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2019
Event27th International RECE Conference: Border/lands and (Be)longings - New Mexico State University , Las Cruces,NM, United States
Duration: 31 Oct 20195 Nov 2019
Conference number: 27


Conference27th International RECE Conference
LocationNew Mexico State University
CountryUnited States
City Las Cruces,NM
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Ellegaard, T. (2019). Languages as symbolic capital in ECEC research. Abstract from 27th International RECE Conference, Las Cruces,NM, United States.