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Discussion: The local practice of “Global Chinese”

Jackie Jia Lou
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Published Online: 2018-03-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/glochi-2018-0005


This special issue provides a timely and valuable contribution to our understanding of the emergence of Chinese as a global language and the entanglement of language ideologies and practice with economic incentives, political ideologies, and cultural identities behind it. Taking us from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Taiwan, and to Vancouver, Canada, each of the papers situates the discussion in diverse geopolitical contexts and offers concrete analysis of how the shift in the political and economic landscape of nation-states on the macro level impacts individual decisions and practices on the micro level. Drawing upon a range of key concepts and themes in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology, this special issue also prompts us to reflect upon the parallels and divergences between Chinese as an emerging global language and the status quo of English. In this discussion, I attempt to bring together these diverse perspectives and approaches through the lens of Bourdieu’s social theory of practice, focussing particularly on the concepts of cultural capital, field, and habitus.

Keywords: Chinese; language ideology; cultural capital; tourism; education; Bourdieu


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Published Online: 2018-03-28

Published in Print: 2018-03-26

Citation Information: Global Chinese, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 89–101, ISSN (Online) 2199-4382, ISSN (Print) 2199-4374, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/glochi-2018-0005.

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