Sociolinguistics of Style and Social Class in Contemporary Athens

ORCID logoIrene Theodoropoulou | Qatar University
ISBN 9789027206480 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027269706 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This ethnographic study deals with the ways people in Athens, Greece, use style to construct their social class identities. Including a rich dataset comprising ethnographic interviews with actual people who live in the stereotypically seen as leafy and posh northern suburbs and in the stereotypically treated as working class western suburbs of Athens coupled with data from popular literary novels, TV series and Greek hip hop music, it argues that the relationship between style and social class identity is mediated by complex social meanings encompassing features from and discourses relevant to both areas, which are structured across different orders of indexicality depending on the genre of speech in which they are created. As such, it will be of interest to scholars in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, anthropology, sociology, Modern Greek studies, and to everyone who is interested in how social class is constructed via language.
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“This book provides a fresh perspective to the study of style, social class and culture. I strongly recommend this book to sociolinguists in general and any one interested in culture, society and style in Greece in particular.
“This is a stimulating and scholarly addition to the sociolinguistic literature, and a compelling elaboration of popular attitudes to the abiding class stratification of Greek society.”
“The book makes a significant contribution to the field of Greek sociolinguistics and is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the subjects of style and identity construction.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFB: Sociolinguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014020749 | Marc record