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Re-Imagining Sleswig
Re-Imagining Sleswig

Re-Imagining Sleswig

Language and Identity in the German-Danish Borderlands



350 Pages, 6.5 x 9.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $41.00 (US $41.00) (CA $55.00)

Publication Date: March 2022

ISBN 9788740833355

Rights: US & CA

Univ. Press of Southern Denmark (Mar 2022)
University Press of Southern Denmark

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: March 2022


This book examines the interplay between regional, national, and transnational dimensions of identity and language in the Danish and, to a lesser extent, the German minority communities of the Danish-German borderlands. The study shows that the minorities function as two closely-linked and supplementary groups to the national majorities. German language dominates most spheres in both minorities, yet bilingualism and code-switching are essential to minority life and defining group identity. Furthermore, whilst national identities are of a lesser importance to the minorities today than regional or transnational identities, minority identity is still nonetheless hybridised from its roots in the national cultures and languages of Denmark and Germany. The minorities are thus able to "cherry-pick" social, economic, political, and linguistic capital from both nations.

Author Biography

Ruairidh Thomas Tarvet: Ph.D. in Scandinavian studies from the University of Edinburgh.