Family Language Policy and the family sociolinguistic order in a neoliberal context

Emergent research issues


  • Adil Moustaoui Srhir Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • David Poveda Universidad Autónoma de Madrid



Family Language Policy, home languages, critical sociolinguistics, multilingualism and neoliberalism


This issue focuses on Family Language Policies (FLP) in different European settings, particularly in Spain, and examines how the management of intimate communication practices and ideologies intersects with the sociopolitical, economic, educational, cultural, transnational imperatives that shape the contemporary neoliberal social order. The five empirical studies build on the fast growing and developing literature published under the FLP label, but, at the same time, the articles attempt to move current work forward by
incorporating less explored issues in FLP research or by taking up some of the methodological and conceptual challenges for the field that have been recently pointed out (see below). This introductory essay presents these issues and, from our perspective, connects a comprehensive review of FLP research with other conceptual threads that could be incorporated into this tradition. The essay closes with presenting each of the research articles that are part of this issue.

Author Biographies

Adil Moustaoui Srhir, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

David Poveda is Associate Professor at the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. He uses qualitative and ethnographic research methods to study child and adolescent semiotic practices in a variety of socioeducational contexts.

David Poveda, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Adil Moustaoui Srhir is Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Oriental Studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. His fields of research are sociolinguistics, language policy and planning. He is interested in issues on Family Language Policy, language practices and identity within Moroccan multilingual families and youth in Spain.


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How to Cite

Moustaoui Srhir, A., & Poveda, D. (2022). Family Language Policy and the family sociolinguistic order in a neoliberal context: Emergent research issues. Sociolinguistic Studies, 16(2-3), 179–201.