Language in Blue-Collar Workplaces

Authored by: Dorte Lønsmann , Kamilla Kraft

The Routledge Handbook of Language in the Workplace

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138915855
eBook ISBN: 9781315690001
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This chapter presents an overview of research on language and blue-collar workers with a focus on how language competence, use and management are influenced by a labour market characterized by globalization, mobility, and migration. The first section focuses on the diverse and complex linguistic practices among blue-collar workers in transnational and transient multilingual settings. The second section reviews studies on the relationship between language, professional identity, and workplace exclusion and inclusion among blue-collar workers. The third section focuses on how linguistic practices and ideologies reproduce or challenge existing hierarchies and power structures.

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