Reference : Multilingualism in Luxembourg:(Dis)empowering Cape Verdean migrants at work and beyond
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Multilingualism in Luxembourg:(Dis)empowering Cape Verdean migrants at work and beyond
Tavares, Bernardino mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Humanities (DHUM) >]
International Journal of the Sociology of Language
De Gruyter Mouton
The promise of language: Betwixt empowerment and the reproduction of inequality
[en] Cape Verdean ; inequality ; Luxembourg ; migration ; multilingualism
[en] This paper explores the entanglement of language with issues such as discrimination and the reproduction of social hierarchies. It unpacks this interplay to show how the use and abuse of language serve as the main mechanism of inclusion, exclusion and limitation of migrants in the labour market, contributing to certain migrant groups and their descendants remaining in the bottom stratum of society. It investigates how language use can both empower and disqualify migrants, creating ethnic pools of work. This paper draws on interviews with a successful middle-aged Cape Verdean man, Pedrinhu, to illustrate this language impact. He came to Luxembourg at a young age and his sports skills helped him to be fast-tracked to acquire Luxembourgish citizenship. He talks about his migration trajectories, his sociolinguistic life and his job interactions with Cape Verdean workers at a private employment enterprise where he now holds a high position. He seeks “to empower” Cape Verdean migrants, challenging some of the institutionalised linguistic demands of the state employment agency he collaborates with; at the same time, he is aware of the reproduction of inequality and the ethnic stratification of his enterprise. The paper concludes by highlighting the ambivalences of multilingualism and empowerment interventions in accessing resources, such as work, in the condensed migration contexts of Luxembourg.
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FnR ; FNR5714195 > Kasper Juffermans > STAR > Sociolinguistic trajectories and repertoires: Luso-Luxo-African identifications, interactions and imaginations > 01/04/2014 > 31/03/2017 > 2013

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