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Löfdahl, M., Järlehed, J., Wojahn, D., Milani, T. M., Rosendal, T. & Nielsen, H. L. (2024). Navigating whiteness from the margins: Finnish, Somali, and Arabic speakers' experiences of racialization, (in)visibility, and (im)mobility in Gothenburg, Sweden. Multilingua - Journal of Cross-cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 43(1), 119-150
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Navigating whiteness from the margins: Finnish, Somali, and Arabic speakers' experiences of racialization, (in)visibility, and (im)mobility in Gothenburg, Sweden
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2024 (English)In: Multilingua - Journal of Cross-cultural and Interlanguage Communication, ISSN 0167-8507, E-ISSN 1613-3684, Vol. 43, no 1, p. 119-150Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the relationship between language, (in)visibility, and (im)mobility in racialized spaces, focusing on Finnish, Somali, and Arabic speakers in Sweden. Using a theoretical framework based on hegemonic whiteness and intersectionality, the study explores how multilingual practices and subjectivities intersect with race, religion, gender, and class to shape social visibility and mobility. The research draws on linguistic ethnographic data, including interviews, linguistic landscape documentation, and an analysis of the media discourse. The study finds that while Finnish speakers have become invisible due to assimilation policies, Somali and Arabic speakers are hypervisible in Swedish public spaces and discourse, although Arabic speakers are sometimes, and in relation to other migrants, nearing Swedish whiteness. However, all three languages and their speakers are constrained by a white normativity that reproduces inequality. The paper challenges simplistic notions of mobility/immobility and visibility/invisibility in the context of a changing racial order in Sweden, where whiteness serves as a binary sorting mechanism that perpetuates inequality. Overall, this research sheds light on the complex entanglement of language, visibility, and mobility in white spaces and contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the intersectional dynamics of race and language. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mouton de Gruyter, 2024
Keywords
migration, mobility, multilingualism, visibility, whiteness
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52919 (URN)10.1515/multi-2023-0075 (DOI)001113127700001 ()2-s2.0-85179061450 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2018-01169
Available from: 2023-12-22 Created: 2023-12-22 Last updated: 2024-01-15Bibliographically approved
Wojahn, D. (2023). Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers in the Swedish Media Discourse: The Discursive Construction of Mobile Humans During the so-called European refugee crisis, 2015−2017. In: Fábián, Annamária (Ed.), The Representation of REFUGEES and MIGRANTS in European National Media Discourses from 2015 to 2017: A Contrastive Approach (Corpus Linguistics) (pp. 307-346). Berlin, Heidelberg: Verlag J. B. Metzler
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers in the Swedish Media Discourse: The Discursive Construction of Mobile Humans During the so-called European refugee crisis, 2015−2017
2023 (English)In: The Representation of REFUGEES and MIGRANTS in European National Media Discourses from 2015 to 2017: A Contrastive Approach (Corpus Linguistics) / [ed] Fábián, Annamária, Berlin, Heidelberg: Verlag J. B. Metzler, 2023, p. 307-346Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study examines the discursive construction of ‘refugees’, ‘migrants’, ‘asylum seekers’ and other mobile humans in the Swedish press. Quantitative and qualitative methods from Corpus Linguistics and Critical Discourse Studies are combined to analyze a corpus of about 31 000 newspaper articles, published during 28 central months of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, 2015–2017. The analyses show that many different labelling strategies are used to categorize humans that flee to Sweden into several sub-groups. These sub-groups are framed in different ways.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin, Heidelberg: Verlag J. B. Metzler, 2023
Series
Linguistik in Empirie und Theorie/Empirical and Theoretical Linguistics, ISSN 2662-5725, E-ISSN 2662-5733
National Category
Specific Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52471 (URN)10.1007/978-3-662-66775-0_12 (DOI)978-3-662-66774-3 (ISBN)978-3-662-66775-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-10-11 Created: 2023-10-11 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved
Müller, L., Wojahn, D., Sandström, I. & Hedvall, P.-O. -. (2022). Planning for Human Diversity: Design Patterns of Universal Design. Nordisk arkitekturforskning, 34(2), 75-104
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Planning for Human Diversity: Design Patterns of Universal Design
2022 (English)In: Nordisk arkitekturforskning, ISSN 1102-5824, Vol. 34, no 2, p. 75-104Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ensuring the conditions for an inclusive society in the face of human diversity places various demands on the built environment. Planning is essential for accommodating a wide range of individual preferences and abilities. This article examines the presence and absence of Universal Design (UD) in contemporary urban planning and construction in eight new or remodelled Swedish building and public space projects. The projects were studied in-situ and via documentation from the planning and building process. The findings show two ways in which UD is present. The first is a pattern where people are not separated from each other, whilst the second is a pattern of facilitating equal use by placing low demands on users’ abilities. It was revealed that UD was implemented more in remodelling projects than in new constructions, which instead created new inequalities through categorisations of users and high demands on users’ abilities. They were also linked to an imbalance between green and social sustainability. We argue that a change of mindset is pivotal for implementing UD. Human diversity must be a consideration throughout planning and building processes, and creating a sustainable society requires UD. This article contributes new knowledge regarding patterns characterising such a mindshift. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SINTEF Academic Press, 2022
Keywords
Architecture, Built Environment, Human diversity, Social inclusion, Sustainability, Universal Design, Urban planning
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51088 (URN)2-s2.0-85146784873 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Vinnova, 2018-05232Vinnova, 2021-02810
Available from: 2023-02-24 Created: 2023-02-24 Last updated: 2023-02-27Bibliographically approved
Hjertström Lappalainen, J. & Wojahn, D. (2019). Skrivande som metod för kritisk reflektion över den egna yrkespraktiken (1ed.). In: Björkman, Lotta; Bromseth, Janne (Ed.), Normkritisk pedagogik: perspektiv, utmaningar och möjligheter (pp. 205-230). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Skrivande som metod för kritisk reflektion över den egna yrkespraktiken
2019 (Swedish)In: Normkritisk pedagogik: perspektiv, utmaningar och möjligheter / [ed] Björkman, Lotta; Bromseth, Janne, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019, 1, p. 205-230Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2019 Edition: 1
National Category
Other Humanities Pedagogy
Research subject
Other research area; Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-43583 (URN)9789144118086 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 63/2016
Available from: 2021-01-16 Created: 2021-01-16 Last updated: 2022-10-18Bibliographically approved
Seiler Brylla, C., Westberg, G. & Wojahn, D. (2018). C som i kritik: Kritiska perspektiv inom text- och diskursstudier. In: Daniel Wojahn, Charlotta Seiler Brylla, Gustav Westberg (Ed.), Kritiska text- och diskursstudier: (pp. 9-36). Huddinge: Södertörns högskola (6)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>C som i kritik: Kritiska perspektiv inom text- och diskursstudier
2018 (Swedish)In: Kritiska text- och diskursstudier / [ed] Daniel Wojahn, Charlotta Seiler Brylla, Gustav Westberg, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2018, no 6, p. 9-36Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article deals with the concept of critique by discussing and tracing theoretical definitions and epistemological implications of critique within three influential fields of discourse studies: Critical Linguistics, Critical Discourse Studies and Discourse Linguistics (Diskurslingvistik). The intention of the article stems from an observation regarding how discourse studies – at least in a Swedish context – tend to align with a critical perspective, yet without explicating it. Consequently, the article examines the following questions: What does it mean to conduct critical studies as a linguist? What traditions and theoretical contexts are the understandings of critique anchored in? What critical traditions have inspired discourse studies in Sweden? Drawing on the conceptual conflict between postmodern notions of knowledge on the one hand and populist and post-truth views on the other, the article concludes by arguing for the contemporary importance of linguistic critique. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2018
Series
Text- och samtalsstudier från Södertörns högskola ; 6
Keywords
kritik, diskursanalys, diskurslingvistik, kritisk diskursanalys, kritisk lingvistik
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34768 (URN)978-91-88663-34-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-03-16 Created: 2018-03-16 Last updated: 2018-03-16Bibliographically approved
Wojahn, D., Seiler Brylla, C. & Westberg, G. (2018). Förord. In: Daniel Wojahn, Charlotta Seiler Brylla, Gustav Westberg (Ed.), Kritiska text- och diskursstudier: (pp. 5-7). Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förord
2018 (Swedish)In: Kritiska text- och diskursstudier / [ed] Daniel Wojahn, Charlotta Seiler Brylla, Gustav Westberg, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola , 2018, p. 5-7Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2018
Series
Text- och samtalsstudier från Södertörns högskola ; 6
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34770 (URN)978-91-88663-34-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-03-16 Created: 2018-03-16 Last updated: 2018-03-16Bibliographically approved
Wojahn, D., Seiler Brylla, C. & Westberg, G. (Eds.). (2018). Kritiska text- och diskursstudier. Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kritiska text- och diskursstudier
2018 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Hur kan kritik förstås i ett språkvetenskapligt sammanhang? Vad innebär det att inta en kritisk forskarposition som språkvetare? Vad kan man som text- och diskursanalytiker rikta sin kritik mot?

Denna antologi tar ett samlat och bredare grepp om konceptet kritik inom språkvetenskaplig text- och diskursanalys med ett särskilt fokus på en svenskspråkig kontext. Boken innehåller såväl teoretiska diskussioner av kritikbegreppet som kritiska empiriska analyser. De teoretiska diskussionerna tar sig an kritikbegreppets innebörd, dess historia och vetenskapliga implikationer. Här bidrar bokens artiklar också med teoretiska utvecklingar av kritikbegreppet i relation till exempelvis genre, motdiskurser, tystnad och frånvaro. I de empiriska bidragen analyseras sociala och samhällsrelevanta fenomen såsom feminism, nyliberalism, rasism och propaganda utifrån kritiska perspektiv. De empiriska analyserna bygger på vitt skilda skriftspråkliga såväl som multimodala material. Bland annat presenteras kritiska analyser av nationella prov för gymnasiet, reklam för banker, IKEA-kataloger, vårdprogram för ätstörningar och synen på samiska barns språkundervisning. Boken ger en samlad bild av aktuell kritisk text- och diskursanalytisk forskning och avser även att bidra till den teoretiska utvecklingen av fältet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2018. p. 253
Series
Text- och samtalsstudier från Södertörns högskola, ISSN 2002-0643 ; 6
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34677 (URN)978-91-88663-34-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-03-09 Created: 2018-03-09 Last updated: 2023-04-04Bibliographically approved
Hornscheidt, L. & Wojahn, D. (2017). Aktivistisk språkvetenskap (1ed.). In: David Håkansson, Anna-Malin Karlsson (Ed.), Varför språkvetenskap?: Kunskapsintressen, studieobjekt och drivkrafter (pp. 269-290). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Aktivistisk språkvetenskap
2017 (Swedish)In: Varför språkvetenskap?: Kunskapsintressen, studieobjekt och drivkrafter / [ed] David Håkansson, Anna-Malin Karlsson, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017, 1, p. 269-290Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017 Edition: 1
Keywords
språkvetenskap, aktivistisk språkforskning, forskarposition, att positionera sig som forskare, att välja forskningsfrågor, att välja analysmaterial och analysmetod, transparens i forskningen, objektivitet, subjektivitet
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Other research area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33579 (URN)978-91-44-10890-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-10-11 Created: 2017-10-11 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Wojahn, D. (2015). Språkaktivism: Diskussioner om feministiska språkförändringar i Sverige från 1960-talet till 2015. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Uppsala universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Språkaktivism: Diskussioner om feministiska språkförändringar i Sverige från 1960-talet till 2015
2015 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Language Activism : Discussions on Feminist Language Change in Sweden from the 1960s until 2015
Abstract [sv]

Målet med språkaktivism är att förändra samhället genom att förändra språket. Språkaktivism bedrivs ”underifrån” i syfte att utmana och på lång sikt upphäva diskriminerande samhällsstrukturer.

I den här avhandlingen undersöks diskussioner om feministisk språkaktivism som förts i Sverige från 1960-talet till 2015. Under denna period har kvinnorörelsen, homo- och bisexuella, trans*aktivister och queera personer skapat en mängd nya ord för att ifrågasätta och förändra rådande normer kring kön och sexualitet; ombudskvinna, hen, hoan, h@n, kvinniskor, intergender, cisperson och pansexuell är bara några av dem.

Aktivistiska språkförändringar ger upphov till re_aktioner av olika slag. Dessa är inte sällan uttryck för ett försvar av rådande sociala och samhälleliga könsnormer. När det till exempel gäller det omdiskuterade pronomenet hen så är det inte kombinationen av bokstäverna h, e och n i sig som upprör, utan det är de normkritiska intentionerna bakom bruket av ordet som skapar debatt. Att vissa grupper aktivt förändrar språket och att andra re_agerar så starkt på dessa förändringar visar att språket tillskrivs betydelse för upprätthållandet av samhälleliga normer och maktstrukturer.

I avhandlingen analyseras, utifrån en diskursanalytisk ansats, diskussioner om feministisk språkförändring som har förts i tre kontexter: inom aktivistiska grupper, i kommentarsfält på nätet och inom den institutionaliserade språkvården. Avhandlingens centrala forskningsintresse är inriktat på relationen mellan språk och kön och relationen mellan språkförändringar och förändringar i den utomspråkliga, sociala världen och hur dessa relationer förstås i de tre kontexterna.

Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to analyze discussions on feminist language change focusing on the period 1960–2015. The data comprises discussions from three different contexts: feminist communities, public forums for discussion on the internet and official language organizations.

The analyzed data from the feminist communities consists of a range of different sources of text, for example newspapers, magazines, novels from the women’s movement, lesbian poetry, queer and trans*activist blogs, biographies, comics and plays, to name but a few. In addition to this two focus group discussions were conducted with five teenaged and five adult activists, each with a queer and/or trans*activist background. The data for the analyses of the discussions in public internet forums consists of 1 865 negative reactions to feminists’ language interventions. For the analyses of the reactions from the official language organizations, data was culled from 16 handbooks with language recommendations from the Language Council of Sweden and the Swedish Academy.

My central research interest is how the actors in these three contexts understand and describe the relation between language and gender, and between strategic language change and changes in the social, non-linguistic world. Furthermore I investigate in which forms of gender-related discrimination the language changes are supposed to intervene. I adopt a critical discourse analytic and interdisciplinary approach that combines linguistic theories and methods with those from Gender Studies.

The results show that Swedish language activists from the 1960s to the 1990s focused on linguistic interventions aimed at challenging patriarchal norms. In the 1980s homosexual activists, especially lesbian activists, began to intervene in heteronormative concepts. Until around the middle of the 1990s feminists acted from a binary concept of gender. From then on, queer and trans*activists have tried to challenge the idea of two, stable and natural gender categories. Language activists have seen language as performative and a tool for constructing reality. Even those who react negatively in forums on the internet to feminist language change assume that language has performative effects on the conceptualization of gender. The official language organizations, on the other hand, describe language in their recommendations mostly as something unpolitical that reflects rather than constructs society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2015. p. 273
Series
Skrifter utgivna av Institutionen för nordiska språk vid Uppsala universitet, ISSN 0083-4661 ; 92Södertörn doctoral dissertations, ISSN 1652-7399 ; 108
Keywords
language and gender, gender neutral language, feminist language change, feminist activism, transgender activism, language policy, language planning
National Category
Specific Languages Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27460 (URN)978-91-506-2459-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-06-05, MA 636, Södertörns högskola, Huddinge, 10:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
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The thesis is written in Swedish

Available from: 2015-05-13 Created: 2015-05-13 Last updated: 2018-09-24Bibliographically approved
Wojahn, D. (2015). Språkaktivism, språkvård och språksyn: Respons till Olle Josephson samt Maria Bylin, Lena Lind Palicki & Susanna Karlsson. Språk och stil, 25, 194-201
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Språkaktivism, språkvård och språksyn: Respons till Olle Josephson samt Maria Bylin, Lena Lind Palicki & Susanna Karlsson
2015 (Swedish)In: Språk och stil, ISSN 1101-1165, E-ISSN 2002-4010, Vol. 25, p. 194-201Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: , 2015
Keywords
språkaktivism, språkvård, språksyn, Språkrådet
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Other research area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29631 (URN)
Available from: 2016-03-01 Created: 2016-03-01 Last updated: 2020-06-05Bibliographically approved
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