Journal of Language and Discrimination 2020-10-24T21:45:29+00:00 Massimiliano Demata and Natalia Knoblock Open Journal Systems <p dir="ltr">The<em> <strong>Journal of Language and Discrimination</strong></em> examines the relationship between language and the many forms of discrimination (in terms of race, ethnicity, language, gender, religion, age, ability and other characteristics) affecting most societies today. It encourages intellectual crossover and serves as a scholarly forum bringing together researchers from a large number of diverse but related fields. This multidisciplinary journal appeals to theorists and practitioners working on linguistic representations of discrimination within linguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, education, law and criminal justice, feminism, queer theory, disability studies, race studies, and more. It addresses socially consequential issues, such as inequality, prejudice, and discrimination, in light of the many social and political challenges taking place in many nations.</p> <p dir="ltr">The journal publishes high-quality, original research and ensures its academic rigour by utilising double-blind expert review process. It strives to make the review and publication process as transparent, smooth, and user-friendly as possible while maintaining the high standard of published content.</p> <p dir="ltr">The themes of future general and special issues might include: language and ageism; language and disability; gender and language; same sex marriage and civil partnership; racist language; religious language discrimination; legal perspectives on language and discrimination; language and sexual orientation; trolling; offence; political correctness; drug/alcohol users and language; fat shaming; language and social justice; islamophobia; anti-Semitism; the language of terrorism; standardisation, education and 2nd language learners; migration policies and language analysis; hate speech; animal rights/primate campaigns and language; dialect, accent and discrimination; minority languages; metaphors and discrimination; challenging linguistic stereotypes; language and class; freedom of speech.</p> The Language of Inequality in the News: A Discourse Analytic Approach By M. Toolan (2018) 2020-08-05T18:37:51+00:00 Ilse Astrid Ras <p>The Language of Inequality in the News: A Discourse Analytic Approach By M. Toolan (2018) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 242pp.</p> 2020-10-24T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The Art of Political Storytelling: Why Stories Win Votes in Post-truth Politics By P. Seargeant (2020) 2020-10-22T09:03:31+00:00 Patricia Canning <p>The Art of Political Storytelling: Why Stories Win Votes in Post-truth Politics By P. Seargeant (2020) London: Bloomsbury Academic, 272pp.</p> 2020-10-24T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Editorial 2020-10-22T08:54:38+00:00 Isabelle van der Bom Laura Paterson 2020-10-24T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Subverting transphobia and challenging ignorance 2020-10-22T08:56:57+00:00 Lucy Jones <p>In this article, I present two moments of interaction emerging from a focus group between young people who are members of a community of practice: a support group for transgender youth and their parents. Using discourse analysis, I demonstrate how the young people work collaboratively to construct a mutual identity, which foregrounds their shared experience of transgender issues and minimises differences between them. I argue that they do this to actively challenge and resist the discrimination they experience due to transphobia and ignorance, which includes attempts to ‘other’ them. I show how the young people ascribe themselves agency by subverting the heteronormative ideologies which inform this othering, thus constructing an active, resistant and validated mutual identity rather than a victimised, submissive or othered one. This identity work tells us much about the hugely important role played by support groups in helping young people to construct a positive persona in the face of transphobic discrimination.</p> 2020-10-24T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The use of Putonghua subject as a vehicle for a pan-Chinese identity 2020-10-22T09:00:15+00:00 Adam Scott Clark <p>In April 2015, a meeting of a Hong Kong Legislative Council Panel discussed the potential for using Putonghua, as opposed to Cantonese, to teach the ‘Chinese Language Subject’ within the Hong Kong curriculum. Their primary reason for making this suggestion was based on the idea that Putonghua and the Han Chinese ethnicity are somehow inherently linked – if you are Han Chinese, you should be able to speak Putonghua. This paper discusses the validity of this assertion and examines language-in-education policy related to Putonghua in Hong Kong from the late-colonial period and the contemporary period to establish whether Putonghua is used by the Hong Kong Legislative Council to encourage Hong Kong pupils to identify with a pan-Chinese ethnicity and by dint, a pan-Chinese language, Putonghua.</p> 2020-10-24T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Racialised voices of Maghrebi-French women in films 2020-10-22T09:02:05+00:00 Gaëlle Planchenault <p>Performances in the media (Bell and Gibson 2011; Bucholtz and Lopez 2011) are rich multimodal resources, which enable the analyst to look into the social practice of language ideologies and highlight discursive strategies that contribute to unequal power relations in society. This article examines the overt and covert racialisation of Maghrebi-French female voices in French films. After analysing the discursive patterns associated with migrant women of first and second generations (mothers and daughters), it brings to the forefront the processes by which their voices are marked, arguing that they perpetuate discriminatory discourses of gender and race. It finally considers the dynamics between the erasure/racialisation of ethnic voices in films and politics of recognition in society (Fraser 2001).</p> 2020-10-24T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd.