The present paper concentrates on associations between geo-cultural mobility (travelling, contacts with different countries) and linguistic capital (foreign languages skills and usage) in the transition country Estonia. This enables analyzing the cultural consequences of sudden globalisation. The main theoretical starting point is the theory of modernity and cultural dimension of globalisation by Arjun Appadurai. The empirical part of the paper uses survey data conducted in Estonia in 2005. With Bayesian modelling method the geo-cultural mobility and linguistic capital, as well as relationships with social capital, Internet usage, and interest in events of different countries are analysed. The results have shown that mobility should not necessarily lead to the weakening of social contacts. The close relationships could rather support the cultural opening and successive widening of networks. The linguistic capital had its importance as an instrumental tool foremost in the beginning of the transition period, i.e. spread of foreign languages supported the cultural opening and increase in mobility. But in the course of time the symbolic meaning of foreign languages has changed more important, i.e. linguistic capital function for certain social groups as a supportive “bridge” between past Soviet and today’s world.
|Keywords:||Geo-Cultural Self-Position, Mobility, Linguistic Capital, Transition Societies|
PhD Student, Department of Journalism and Communication, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
PhD student, Department of Journalism and Communication, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
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