Languages and Social Cohesion: A transdisciplinary literature review (Dataset)

Published: 25 June 2021| Version 3 | DOI: 10.17632/ydtms99mjm.3


This dataset complements the book by Gabriela Meier (University of Exeter, UK) and Simone Smala (University of Queensland, Australia): Meier, G. & Smala, S. (2022). Languages and Social Cohesion: A Transdisciplinary Literature Review. Routledge. Available from 26 July 2021. The dataset of 285 references to peer-reviewed articles published in academic journals between 1992 and 2017 (identified systematically following the PRISMA protocol as is explained in the Chapter 3 of the book) is offered here as an EndNote Library to increase transparency and utility of the work we present, analyse and discuss in the book. It is designed to support researchers and other stakeholders to quickly and easily find literature related to themes and sub-themes, as well as by research design. The project described in the book had the aim to answer the question: In what way are languages associated with social cohesion in academic articles? As can be seen in the concluding chapter of the book (Chapter 5), this transdisciplinary literature review resulted in a transdisciplinary language and social cohesion framework, which is accompanied by user-friendly tools that can be used to explore the language-and-social cohesion constellation in diverse real-life contexts. The EndNote Library available here presents the results of our systematic literature search and thematic analysis, which formed the basis of our analysis, discussion and interpretation of the data. In the EndNote Library, the articles are sorted by research design (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method research, theory articles, case studies, practice reports and literature reviews). Importantly, the EndNote Library is also sorted by the main themes (see below) and respective sub-themes, which correspond to the themes discussed in the book. Main themes in the book (headings used in the EndNote Library): A: Social networks and access to resources through languages (social networks and resources) B: Norms related to languages and groups (ideological orientations) C: Languages and a sense of group belonging (belonging to groups) D: Manifestation of linguistic behaviour and social cohesion (practices in education/society) E: Formal language planning and social cohesion (policy and curricula)


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The analysis of this dataset has been guided by our scoping literature (Chapter 2). The reserach design, search, screening and selection process (based on the PRISMA protocol, Moher er al., 2009) of the articles contained in this dataset, as well as analytical procedures (Saldaña, 2015; Thomas & Harding, 2008) , are described in Chapter 3. Findings are reported and discussed in Chapter 4 of the book by Meier and Smala (forthcoming) mentioned above. In Chapter 5, conclusions are offered.


University of Exeter - Saint Lukes Campus


Sociology, Language Education, Sociolinguistics, Peace Study, Interdisciplinary Care