Infrastructures of superdiversity: Conviviality and language in an Antwerp neighborhood

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    Abstract

    Based on fieldwork in the superdiverse neighborhood of Oud-Berchem (Antwerp, Belgium), this paper shows how vernacular varieties Dutch have become the lingua franca of the neighborhood, and are used in most cross-group interactions. This use of language contributes heavily to a high level of low-intensity empathy in the neighborhood - conviviality - and must be seen as an infrastructure which, in superdiverse contexts, enables a degree of social cohesion.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)431-451
    Number of pages20
    JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
    Volume17
    Issue number4
    Early online date9 Jan 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2014

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    infrastructure
    language
    group interaction
    social cohesion
    empathy
    Belgium
    Group Interaction
    Empathy
    Lingua Franca
    Social Cohesion
    Antwerp
    Language
    Field Work

    Keywords

    • superdiversity
    • multilingualism
    • Dutch Language
    • social structuring
    • conviviality

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    Infrastructures of superdiversity : Conviviality and language in an Antwerp neighborhood. / Blommaert, Jan.

    In: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 17, No. 4, 08.08.2014, p. 431-451.

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