Mediating Discourse in a Globalising World: Analysing the Language and Communicative Practices of Transnational Adoption

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    Abstract

    Social and political theory has taken a decidedly 'global' turn in recent years, resulting in a sustained critique of our conceptualisations of 'society' and the 'nation-state'. Social theorists ask us to refocus on, for example, transnationality, global orderings, hybrid collectives, flows, mobilities and networks. Given that (critical) applied linguistics draws upon and informs social theory in a variety of ways, we are thus compelled to ask what new possibilities there are for applied language and discourse studies as a result of contemporary social and political theorising. My contribution to this crucial debate is illustrated by considering the exemplary yet diffracted case of transnational adoption. Transnational adoption comprises a nexus of local and global practices which are mediated in, through and across talk, text and other modalities of discourse. My concern is with how the 'child-to-be-adopted' is figured as a quasi-object, a heterogeneous assemblage of biology and culture, and thus how its origin, identity and agency is performatively distributed across the social and discursive field.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationKieli ja sociaalinen toiminta : L'Association Finlandaise de Linguistique Appliquée (AFinLA)
    EditorsLeena Kuure, Elise Kärkkäinen, Maarit Saarenkunnas
    Number of pages17
    Place of PublicationOulu
    PublisherPublications de l'association finlandaise de linguistique appliquée
    Publication date2005
    Pages35-51
    ISBN (Print)9519388516
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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    transnationality
    discourse
    political theory
    language
    nation state
    biology
    linguistics
    Society

    Keywords

    • Transnational adoption
    • Mediated action
    • Nexus of practice
    • Governmentality
    • Networks
    • Critical applied linguistics
    • Globalisation

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    McIlvenny, P. (2005). Mediating Discourse in a Globalising World: Analysing the Language and Communicative Practices of Transnational Adoption. In L. Kuure, E. Kärkkäinen, & M. Saarenkunnas (Eds.), Kieli ja sociaalinen toiminta: L'Association Finlandaise de Linguistique Appliquée (AFinLA) (pp. 35-51). Oulu: Publications de l'association finlandaise de linguistique appliquée.
    McIlvenny, Paul. / Mediating Discourse in a Globalising World : Analysing the Language and Communicative Practices of Transnational Adoption. Kieli ja sociaalinen toiminta: L'Association Finlandaise de Linguistique Appliquée (AFinLA). editor / Leena Kuure ; Elise Kärkkäinen ; Maarit Saarenkunnas. Oulu : Publications de l'association finlandaise de linguistique appliquée, 2005. pp. 35-51
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    McIlvenny, P 2005, Mediating Discourse in a Globalising World: Analysing the Language and Communicative Practices of Transnational Adoption. in L Kuure, E Kärkkäinen & M Saarenkunnas (eds), Kieli ja sociaalinen toiminta: L'Association Finlandaise de Linguistique Appliquée (AFinLA). Publications de l'association finlandaise de linguistique appliquée, Oulu, pp. 35-51.

    Mediating Discourse in a Globalising World : Analysing the Language and Communicative Practices of Transnational Adoption. / McIlvenny, Paul.

    Kieli ja sociaalinen toiminta: L'Association Finlandaise de Linguistique Appliquée (AFinLA). ed. / Leena Kuure; Elise Kärkkäinen; Maarit Saarenkunnas. Oulu : Publications de l'association finlandaise de linguistique appliquée, 2005. p. 35-51.

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    McIlvenny P. Mediating Discourse in a Globalising World: Analysing the Language and Communicative Practices of Transnational Adoption. In Kuure L, Kärkkäinen E, Saarenkunnas M, editors, Kieli ja sociaalinen toiminta: L'Association Finlandaise de Linguistique Appliquée (AFinLA). Oulu: Publications de l'association finlandaise de linguistique appliquée. 2005. p. 35-51