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Paolo G. Macioti
Language classes as acts of   citizenship
This   thesis is about the possibility of political transformation from the margins   through language and language classes in the context of citizenship   management, migration controls and exclusionary language policies in the European Union. To enquire into this argument, the thesis analyses the work   of three different language classes projects in the UK, Germany and Spain,   which, amongst other practices, teach the language to undocumented migrants   and foster political mobilisation for their rights. By means of challenging   exclusionary logics and dualisms, and pursuing a dialogic analysis of   la~guage and politics from the margins through understanding citizenship as   enactment, this thesis reworks the relationship between language, agency, and   political transformation in the context of restrictive use of language tests and   classes, making it possible to understand the transformative capacity of the   practice of language classes. This work argues that language functions as site in which citizenship as exclusionary can be reproduced (e.g. through   language tests for accessing citizenship), but also as a site for dialogue,   interaction and political organising for claiming one's rights, and for the transformation of citizenship as we know it. The possibility of engendering   new political sUbjectivities and transformation from the margins through   enhancing dialogue makes of any language class, official or not, a potential   site of transformative citizenship. The work of the projects analysed   demonstrates how, through language and language classes, migrants who are   excluded from citizenship and the realm of the political actually may engage   in enacting, disrupting and transforming citizenship. Whilst it recogmses the unpredictability of language and its possible oppressive effects, this thesis   ultimately reads these language classes and some of their practices and   actions as fragile but nevertheless transformative 'acts of citizenship' from   the margins.
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Not completely  connected to the main topic but very interesting approach to language  classes, which the author believe can be a tool to engage in citizenship and political participation.
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Stéphanie Barillé - stephanie@unak.is
Co-funded by The Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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