Voices of a City Market An Ethnography Author: Adrian Blackledge, Angela Creese

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23 Aug 2019
Multilingual Matters
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This book breaks new ground in its representation of the voices of people in a superdiverse city as they go about their everyday lives. Poetic, polyphonic, and compelling, it places the reader at the heart of the market hall, surrounded by the translanguaging voices of people from all over the world. Based on four years of ethnographic research, the book is a gift to the senses, evoking the smells, sights, and sounds of the multilingual city. This is a book that reimagines the conventions of both ethnographic writing and academic discourse.


The ethnographic eye and poetic sensibility Blackledge and Creese bring to their work shines through brilliantly in these scenes and characters from the everyday business of a bustling urban multicultural and multilingual food market, bringing our human diversity and common humanity to the fore. This is not a quick read, but it is a deeply rewarding one.

- Nancy H. Hornberger, University of Pennsylvania, USA

With coffee and croissants and chairs in a circle, this book invites us to explore the mundane world of ethnographic research amid the voices, bodies, meat cleavers, everyday racism, conviviality, and cuts of meat in a market. It takes us on a poetic expedition in search of the quintessence of experience and its impossibility, giving us instead the rhythm and rhyme of encounters with eels, intestines, milk, blood, tea and fish. Beguiling.

- Alastair Pennycook, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Author Biography:

Adrian Blackledge is Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Stirling, UK. He has published widely on both multilingualism and sociolinguistics. He was Birmingham Poet Laureate from 2014-2016.

Angela Creese is Professor of Linguistic Ethnography at the University of Stirling, UK. She has published widely on multilingualism and ethnographic methods.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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