Mobility, work, and language hierarchy in a tourist community on the Costa Brava*

Massimiliano Sassi

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    © 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article analyses multilingualism among persons who are mobile for reasons of leisure and work and who have settled in the tourist community of Empuriabrava, on the Costa Brava in Girona, Spain. This once prestigious residential marina is living through an unprecedented economic crisis that is shaping the livelihood of its inhabitants. The complex life and mobility trajectories and multilingual practices of the international inhabitants are important features in the service economy of this tourist community. Work opportunities are closely linked to the languages required for the services that were historically set up to meet the needs of wealthy European residents settled in Empuriabrava. Migrants and locals who do not fulfil the linguistic demands of the service sector have few work opportunities and they are forced either to move their residence to another place in order to find work or to stay and live in precarious socio-economic conditions having to resort to jobs in the underground economy and endure living conditions at the margin of society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)377-389
    JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2018


    • Mobility
    • linguistics hierarchies
    • multilingualism
    • structuration
    • work

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