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Higher Education, Language and New Nationalism in Finland : Recycled Histories (2020)

Saarinen, T. (2020). Higher Education, Language and New Nationalism in Finland : Recycled Histories. Palgrave Macmillan. Palgrave Pivot. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-60902-3

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Saarinen, Taina

ISBN: 978-3-030-60901-6

eISBN: 978-3-030-60902-3

Journal or series: Palgrave Pivot

ISSN: 2691-915X

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages in the book: 145

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-60902-3

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The book discusses recycled discourses of language and nationalism in Finnish higher education, demonstrating the need to look beyond language in the study of language policies of higher education. It analyses the historical and political layeredness of language policies as well as the intertwined nature of national and international developments in understanding new nationalism. Finnish higher education language policies were fuelled by the dynamics and tensions between the national languages Finnish and Swedish until the 2000s, when English begins to catalyse post nationalist discourses of economy and competitiveness. In the 2010s, English begins to be seen as a threat to Finnish. Educational, economic and epistemic nationalism emerge as the main cycles of new nationalist language policies in Finnish higher education. The book will be of interest to language policy and higher education scholars and practitioners, as well as graduate students language policy and higher education.

Keywords: language policy; higher education policy; system of higher education; nationalism; national languages; bilingualism; Finnish language; Swedish language; English language; populism; internationalisation; globalisation; knowledge economy

Free keywords: linguistic imperialism; nationalisms; national languages; Finnish; English; populism; internationalisation; globalisation; knowledge economy; language contact; Swedish; language ideologies

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 3

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