Since the 1990s, all over Europe political parties have developped integration policies and integration discourses as a response to new patterns of migration. This file from Diggit Magazine zooms in on these integration policies.
When theoretical concepts become politicized, they are re-interpreted to fit political strategies. A prime example is the term “integration”. In Denmark it functions as a normative tool to adjust behavior, rather than creating new unities.
In Via Genua the acclaimed Dutch writer Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer introduces the Italian city as an ‘African city’. Odile Heynders (Tilburg University) argues that this ‘Italian tour’ should be obligatory to our representative politicians.
A theoretical and methodological paradigm sift is underway in sociolinguistics, in which insights in the mobility of sociolinguistic phenomena leads to a complexity perspective with far-reaching effects.