Elites, Language, and the Politics of Identity

Elites, Language, and the Politics of Identity : The Norwegian Case in Comparative Perspective

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Why and when do linguistic cleavages within a nation become politicized? Using Norway--where language has played a particularly salient role in the nation's history--as a case study, Gregg Bucken-Knapp explores these questions and challenges the notion that the politicization of language conflict is a response to language problems. He shows that political elites often view language conflict as a political opportunity, placing it on the policy agenda as an effective mobilizing tool to serve their own nonlinguistic political ends. Although language-oriented interest groups may fight to achieve desired language policies, they are generally unsuccessful when their preferences clash with the broader objectives of political elites. This book focuses on understanding just how language policies emerge.
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  • Paperback | 205 pages
  • 150.4 x 230.1 x 13.2mm | 322.06g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791456560
  • 9780791456569

About Gregg Bucken-Knapp

Gregg Bucken-Knapp is Researcher in the Department of Political Science at Göteborg University and the coeditor (with Michael Schack) of Borders Matter: Transboundary Regions in Contemporary Europe.
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