Language Policy Beyond the State

  • Maarja Siiner
  • Kadri Koreinik
  • Kara D. Brown

Part of the Language Policy book series (LAPO, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Kara D. Brown, Kadri Koreinik, Maarja Siiner
    Pages 1-21
  3. Spatial Reconsiderations: State Decentered by Migration and Globalization

  4. Temporal Reconsiderations: State Decentered by Enduring Connections and New Patterns

About this book


Language Policy beyond the State invites readers to (re-)consider the ways language policy is constituted, taken up, and researched if we look within and past the state. Contributors to this edited volume draw attention to language policy as always in the making, focusing on agency, on-the-ground practices, and ideologies. The chapters of the book reveal how simultaneous, and at times contradicting, language policies exist within a state and explore the complex roles played by families, businesses, educational institutions, and media in generating and appropriating these policies. 

By moving away from language policy analysis concerned primarily with how official state policies address well-defined language problems, some of the contributions of the volume highlight how the problems themselves can be ideological artifacts or are discursively constructed in language ideological debates that are provoked by changes in the geopolitical situation in the region. Using qualitative and descriptive research, the book uses Estonia as a setting to examine the ways historic and contemporary populations navigate language policies in both local and transnational spaces. As a whole, the collection speaks eloquently and powerfully to current efforts to understand and map the ways multiple institutions and individuals—not just the state—play an active role in forming and taking up language policies. 


Estonia as part of northern Europe borderland Russian-speakers in Estonia ecology of language ethnography of language policy ethnolinguistic vitality in Estonia family language policy globalization in the former Soviet states immigration in the Baltic states inter-generational language transmission internationalization in Eastern Europe language education policy in Estonia language policies and nation states multilingualism in Estonia national identity development and language policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Maarja Siiner
    • 1
  • Kadri Koreinik
    • 2
  • Kara D. Brown
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Multilingualism in Society across the LifespanUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Institute of Estonian and General LinguisticsUniversity of TartuTartuEstonia
  3. 3.Educational StudiesUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-52991-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-52993-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-5361
  • Series Online ISSN 2452-1027
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