Language and citizenship in Japan

Language and citizenship in Japan. Edited by Nanette Gottlieb New York, United States: Routledge, 2012.

Title Language and citizenship in Japan
Language of Title eng
Place of Publication New York, United States
Publisher Routledge
Publication year 2012
Sub-type Edited book
Open Access Status
Volume 4
Series Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics
ISBN 9780415897228
Language eng
Editor Nanette Gottlieb
Total number of pages 227
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The relationship between language and citizenship in Japan has traditionally been regarded as a fixed tripartite: ‘Japanese citizenship’ means ‘Japanese ethnicity,’ which in turn means ‘Japanese as one’s first language.’ Historically, most non-Japanese who have chosen to take out citizenship have been members of the ‘oldcomer’ Chinese and Korean communities, born and raised in Japan. But this is changing: the last three decades have seen an influx of ‘newcomer’ economic migrants from a wide range of countries, many of whom choose to stay. The likelihood that they will apply for citizenship, to access the benefits it confers, means that citizenship and ethnicity can no longer be assumed to be synonyms in Japan.

This is an important change for national discourse on cohesive communities. This book’s chapters discuss discourses, educational practices, and local linguistic practices which call into question the accepted view of the language-citizenship nexus in lived contexts of both existing Japanese citizens and potential future citizens. Through an examination of key themes relating both to newcomers and to an older group of citizens whose language practices have been shaped by historical forces, these essays highlight the fluid relationship of language and citizenship in the Japanese context. [Summary from publisher]
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 05 Mar 2012, 14:56:24 EST by Professor Nanette Gottlieb on behalf of School of Languages and Cultures