Girls going global, boys heading home? On the interplay between place, everyday mobility, linguistic practice and gender in rural and urban Denmark.

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  • Astrid Ravn Skovse
In a globalised world, differences in mobility practice matter substantially in reference to e.g. educational opportunities and career prospects. Young Danes differ with regard to their degree of geographical and socio-economical mobility as more women than men move to the cities to study.
Does such a difference in mobility practice show, however, as early as in primary school? Is there a gender component to how adolescents make use of, conceptualise and relate to their local place and to how they linguistically index the local (Johnstone 2010b)?
This study examines the intricate relationship between everyday mobility, place, linguistic practice and gender among adolescents in two very different Danish settings: a rural, mono-ethnic village, Bylderup, and an urban, poly-ethnic residential area, Vollsmose. In Bylderup, the use of local dialect is prevalent, whereas in Vollsmose, regional dialect seems to coexist with poly-ethnic language styles.
Data are obtained through participant observation, sociolinguistic interviews, questionnaires, and peer group recordings.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date3 Jun 2015
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2015
EventThe Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centrering and (de)standardization - The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 3 Jun 20156 Jun 2015


ConferenceThe Sociolinguistics of Globalization
LocationThe University of Hong Kong
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong

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