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Sociological Perspectives in Bernstein's Sociolinguistics

Jeffrey E. Nash and James M. Calonico
The Sociological Quarterly
Vol. 15, No. 1 (Winter, 1974), pp. 81-92
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Midwest Sociological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4105622
Page Count: 12
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Sociological Perspectives in Bernstein's Sociolinguistics
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Abstract

An interpretation of selected portions of Bernstein's sociolinguistics is presented. The interpretation suggests that linguistic performance intervenes between social structure and self-concept. The theory is specified through a research application. The specification holds that two views of social structure are implicit within the theory: one microcosmic and the other macrocosmic. For Bernstein these views are linked to Mead and Durkheim, respectively. However, the present analysis attempts to show that both are properly understood as Meadian. Linguistic performance is related to self-derogation within a strict Meadian interpretation. The contribution of the theory seems to lie in a specification of a Meadian view of self relative to selected aspects of language.

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