SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Jonathan Galton

BA (Cambridge) MA (SOAS)
  • Overview
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Overview

Jon Galton
Name:
Mr Jonathan Galton
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Thesis title:
The word on the street: language use, language attitudes and identity in the context of urban change in Mumbai
Year of Study:
1
Website:
http://www.jonathangalton.co.uk/
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PhD Research

I plan to investigate language use, language attitudes and identity in the context of urban change in central Mumbai. I am specifically interested in how everyday language use can shed light on the profound changes that have occurred in Mumbai’s mill districts (especially Parel and Lalbaug) over the past three decades following a variety of social and economic upheavals. My research asks what languages different individuals use in different contexts in everyday life; how this compares or contrasts with their own reported language use; and how language figures in their own accounts of their personal history and relationship with the area. I propose to focus on a small number of neighbourhoods in the broader Parel-Lalbaug area, and the languages I am most interested in are Hindi, Marathi and English (alongside others such as Urdu, Gujarati and Tamil).

Teaching

Research

  • Anthropology (especially linguistic)
  • Sociolinguistics
  • South Asia
  • India
  • Mumbai
  • Urban studies