WP166 Multilingualism and good citizenship: The making of language celebrities in Chinese media

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This paper examines the media representation of two otherwise ordinary Chinese citizens speaking multiple foreign languages.? It argues that the figure of good citizenship is being articulated via a valorization of? multilingual competence that is grounded both in the newly cherished moral values of neoliberal globalization ? self-reliance, reflexivity and flexibility ? and in the traditional moral values of patriotism and contribution to society.? The paper shows the importance of moving beyond a nationalist framework in our analysis of citizenship, while also always paying attention to the dynamic relations between social class, nationalism, and neoliberal globalization.