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Found in Multiculturalism

Acceptance or Challenge?


Izabela Handzlik and Lukasz Sorokowski

This book aims to assemble a variety of perspectives that have shaped the development of multicultural studies over the last years, and which today attempt at comprising the main contending lines of approach to both teaching and research within this rapidly expanding area of inquiry. Conceived as a panorama of diverse multicultural manifestations, it seeks to respond to the needs of a readership sharing an undivided interest in the labyrinthine nature of multiculturalism. In doing so, it endeavours to make the convoluted debates underlying the foundations of the social sciences and humanities more accessible to the uninitiated and is aimed at both academics specialising in the area and readers eager to broaden their horizons.
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The language of the social world at a border crossing



Abstract: On the basis of four-year-long research, the author presents the major characteristics of the language of communication that has been formed at the Polish-Belarusian border crossing in Kuźnica. The paper looks at five main features of the dialect that has been dubbed “border language”, which is regarded as an example of a communication bridge between two different groups who often act in opposition to each other. The mechanics of its creation show that a third culture can be created on the verge of two other cultures. The expressions such as social world, cultural differentiation and the border culture are used as its theoretical context. The empirical material gathered throughout the research is confronted with discussed theoretical concepts. On this basis, an attempt has been made to form conclusions concerning the creation of terms for the practical cooperation of culturally differentiated communities.

Keywords: social dialect, border culture, cultural differentiation, multiculturalism, social world

The goal of this paper is to show the characteristics of a specific language which functions at the Polish-Belarusian road border crossing in Kuźnica, in the Podlaskie district. The language has been observed during the research project “Border Culture – the social worlds of border crossing”, which I was conducting between 2009 and 2012 under the supervision of Wojciech Łukowski. The analysis of forms of communication as a way of exchanging information is an important element of research on the social collectives which are differentiated culturally. I believe that a highly...

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