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'Our Baka brothers obviously do not speak French' [article] :siting and scaling physical/discursive 'movements' in post-colonial Belgium / Karel Arnaut.

By: Arnaut, Karel.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSubject(s): Ethnology -- Belgium | Sociolinguistics -- Belgium In: Language and communication : an interdisciplinary journal Vol. 25, Issue 3, (July 2005), p. 217-235Abstract: This paper argues that a space-sensitive sociolinguistics can instruct contemporary anthropological approaches to globalisation how to more radiacally consider place and scale contructs as products and processes of social and discursive action. The case considered here is the month-long protest of African associations against an exhibition of Baka 'Pygmies' from Cameroon in a natural heritage site in Belgium. This case is subsequently dealt with in a 'multi-sited' and a 'scale sensitive' ethnographic description. The paper concludes that an alternative analytics of diaspora and globalisation needs to bring down the sitting and scaling that accurs in 'glocalities' to their fragmented materiality.
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This paper argues that a space-sensitive sociolinguistics can instruct contemporary anthropological approaches to globalisation how to more radiacally consider place and scale contructs as products and processes of social and discursive action. The case considered here is the month-long protest of African associations against an exhibition of Baka 'Pygmies' from Cameroon in a natural heritage site in Belgium. This case is subsequently dealt with in a 'multi-sited' and a 'scale sensitive' ethnographic description. The paper concludes that an alternative analytics of diaspora and globalisation needs to bring down the sitting and scaling that accurs in 'glocalities' to their fragmented materiality.

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