“Organically German”? Changing ideologies of national belonging

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This chapter examines variation in the situated meanings of the term Biodeutsche(r), a term which has emerged relatively recently as a way to refer to people who are German by descent (i.e., not of migration background). This analysis shows that use of this term reflects competing discourses about the role of ethnicity in national belonging in Germany. While the origin and many uses of the term challenge the validity of ethnicity as a basis for legitimacy in German society, some of the data suggest that it has also been adopted as a supposedly neutral term to describe a segment of the German population, which supports an ethnonational ideology.
Originele taal-2English
TitelLanguage Variation - European Perspectives VIII
SubtitelSelected papers from the Tenth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 10), Leeuwarden, June 2019
RedacteurenHans van de Velde, Nanna Haug Hilton, Remco Knooihuizen
UitgeverijJohn Benjamins Publishers
Aantal pagina's23
ISBN van elektronische versie9789027259820
ISBN van geprinte versie9789027208859
StatusPublished - jun-2021

Publicatie series

NaamStudies in Language Variation
UitgeverijJohn Benjamins
ISSN van geprinte versie1872-9592

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