Combining empirical and theoretical approaches from a range of disciplines, Linguistic Identities in the Arab Gulf States examines current issues surrounding language and identity in the Arab Gulf states. Organized in four parts, the book addresses the overarching theme of ‘waves of change’ in relation to language and power, linguistic identities in the media, identities in transition, and language in education.

The authors of each chapter are renowned experts in their field and contribute to furthering our understanding of the dynamic, changeable, and socially constructed nature of identities and how identities are often intricately woven into and impacted by local and global developments. Although the book geographically covers Gulf region contexts, many of the concepts and dilemmas discussed are relevant to other highly diverse nations globally. For example, debates surrounding tolerance, diversity, neoliberal ideologies in English-medium instruction (EMI), media representation of language varieties, and sociolinguistic inequalities during coronavirus communication are pertinent to regions outside the Gulf, too.

This volume will particularly appeal to students and scholars interested in issues around language and identity, gender, language policy and planning, multilingualism, translingual practice, language in education, and language ideologies.

chapter |14 pages


Linguistic identities in the Arab Gulf states: Waves of change

part I|52 pages

Language and power in the Gulf

chapter 1|16 pages

Arabic vis-à-vis English in the Gulf

Bridging the ideological divide

chapter 2|19 pages

Planning language identity in the Sultanate of Oman

A linguistic anthropological perspective

chapter 3|15 pages

No Mary Poppins in sight

Linguistic effects of the nanny culture on Gulf identities

part II|59 pages

Gulf cultural and linguistic identities in the media

chapter 5|16 pages

The pact(s)

Identity, gender, and social order in Kuwaiti literature

chapter 6|21 pages

Unifying multiple identities through Arabic varieties

An analysis of Arabic dialects in Kawaja Abdulqader's discourse

part IV|50 pages

Gulf identities in English-medium instruction (EMI) contexts

chapter 10|15 pages

Translanguaging for transformation

Resisting monolingual ideologies

chapter 11|17 pages

Multilingual teacher identity in the Emirates

Implications for language policy and education