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From Discriminating to Discrimination

The Influence of Language on Identity and Subjectivity

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  • Discusses the connections between language development and social discrimination.
  • Brings together contributions from linguistics, psychology, education and social work.
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This book adopts a multidisciplinary approach to try to answer the question of how do we, as human beings, go from the socially neutral linguistic act of discriminating external stimuli to the socially loaded act of promoting social discrimination though language? This contributed volume brings together works presented at the international event “From Discriminating to Discrimination – The Influence of Language on Identity and Subjectivity”. This was an online event hosted and organized by the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Germany, in partnership with São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil, that brought together lecturers from different universities around the world.

During the event, linguists, psychologists, language teachers, social workers and pedagogues got together to discuss how discriminating can be recognized as a natural and important ability of the human being in the early stages of life and, after that, how to avoid discriminatory acts againstothers. The debates held online took into account the important and necessary dialogue between linguistics and other social sciences to discuss the role played by language as a form of building subjectivity and teaching practices that can contribute to minimize discrimination and promote integration and acceptance in a broad sense, understanding the preponderant role of language in recognizing what is different (discriminating), without diminishing or excluding it (discrimination).

From Discriminating to Discrimination: The Influence of Language on Identity and Subjectivity will help linguists, psychologists, educators, social workers and a broad range of social scientists working with cognitive, linguistic and educational studies understand the path taken by differentiation, from the beginning of the child's language development – when discrimination (of sounds, gestures, etc.) is essential for the acquisition of language to occur –, until the moment when differentiation, discrimination, ceases to be an essential factor and becomes a means of social segregation.

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department Linguistics, Literature & Classics, São Paulo State University, Araraquara, Brazil

    Alessandra Del Ré

  • Institute for Social Work, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany

    Patrícia Falasca, Juliane Noack Napoles

About the editors

Alessandra Del Ré is a professor at the Department of Linguistics, Literature and Classics of the São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Araraquara, Brazil, and has worked as visiting professor at the Université de Montpellier 3 (UM3), France. She holds a Master's and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of São Paulo (USP), and completed part of her PhD in France, at the Université René Descartes (Sorbonne/Paris V). She has also developed a post-doctoral research at Université Paris X/MoDyCo/COLAJE. She has experience in linguistics, with an emphasis on language acquisition, working mainly on themes involving children's humor and bilingualism, within a Bakhtinian-based dialogic-discursive perspective.

Patrícia Falasca is a linguist with a Master's and a PhD from the Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil. She conducted part of her PhD at the University of Leipzig, in Germany, and her research interests involve the acquisition/learning of a second language byadults and the identity processes that arise from this encounter with a new language at a later stage in life. More recently, she has also focused her research on the pedagogical contributions of argumentative activities in the classroom environment to help learners develop a sense of self in the language they are acquiring/learning. Patrícia has worked at the São Paulo State University (UNESP) as a German language teacher at the institution's Modern Languages Department and also holds an appointment at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany, as a research associate and German language teacher.

Juliane Noack Napoles is a professor of educational science in social work at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg , Germany. She studied social pedagogy and pedagogy in Siegen, Germany, and economics in Växjö, Sweden. In 2005 she finished her PhD at the University of Siegen and between 2005 and 2008 she hada postdoc stay at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. From 2008 to 2020 she was a lecturer and academic assistant at the University of Cologne, Germany. Her main research focuses include eudaimogenesis, identity research, vulnerability research and aesthetic education.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: From Discriminating to Discrimination

  • Book Subtitle: The Influence of Language on Identity and Subjectivity

  • Editors: Alessandra Del Ré, Patrícia Falasca, Juliane Noack Napoles

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Fundacao Editora da Unesp 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-13543-9Published: 17 October 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-13546-0Published: 18 October 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-13544-6Published: 16 October 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 128

  • Additional Information: Jointly published with Editora Unesp, São Paulo, Brazil.

  • Topics: Language Acquisition and Development, Sociolinguistics, Social Work, Developmental Psychology, Early Childhood Education

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