Recognition theory: a new lens for investigating language differences in multilingual organisations
Johansson, Marjana; Śliwa, Martyna
This chapter introduces a new theoretical perspective to language-sensitive IB research. We draw on recognition theory to critically examine languages and multilingualism in relation to power, status, privilege and marginalisation in organisations. Within a multilingual organisational context, recognition theory enables an examination of the dynamics of language-based recognition on an individual level, and how those dynamics are embedded in organisational power relations and practices which grant or refuse recognition to non-native speakers of the organisation's official language. We propose the novel concept of recognition work to examine these dynamics. Based on interviews with 54 non-native English speaking faculty in UK business schools we show that linguistic differences may produce recognition (when considered a valuable organisational asset) as well as misrecognition (when viewed as deviating from a perceived norm). The chapter demonstrates how linguistic differences are linked to issues of social justice, respect and parity of participation in organisations.
Johansson, M., & Śliwa, M. (2023). Recognition theory: a new lens for investigating language differences in multilingual organisations. In P. Lecomte, M. Vigier, C. Gaibrois, & B. Beeler (Eds.), Understanding the Dynamics of Language and Multilingualism in Professional Contexts (13-29). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781789906783.00009
|Online Publication Date||Jan 13, 2023|
|Deposit Date||Jul 6, 2023|
|Publicly Available Date||Jul 13, 2023|
|Publisher||Edward Elgar Publishing|
|Book Title||Understanding the Dynamics of Language and Multilingualism in Professional Contexts|
Accepted Book Chapter
This is a draft chapter. The final version is available in Understanding the Dynamics of Language and Multilingualism in Professional Contexts edited by Edited by Philippe Lecomte, Mary Vigier, Claudine Gaibrois, and Betty Beeler, published in 2023, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd<br /> https://doi.org/10.4337/9781789906783.00009<br /> <br /> The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.
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