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Roberto Garvía Soto

Última actualización: 17/05/2021

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Roberto Garvía is Professor of Sociology. He has been Visiting Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute of Cologne, Harvard University, Yale University, University of Cambridge, and Mozarteum Universität. He has conducted research on economic sociology, the sociology of organizations, and language and society. He has published in the American Journal of Sociology; European Sociological Review; European Journal of Language Policy; Work, Employment and Society; Language Problems and Language Planning; The Journal of Public Policy and some Spanish journals. His 2007 article in the American Journal of Sociology, “Sindication, Institutionalization and Lottery Play.” (AJS, 113: 603-53), received the 2008 Roger Gould Prize. In 2015 he published Esperanto and Its Rivals (Penn University Press); and in 2017 Organizing the Blind (Routledge).

Research Interests
Economic Sociology. Organizational Sociology. Language and nationalism.

Ongoing Projects
The Spanish Esperantist movement, 1890-1936.

Recent publications

“Spelling Reformers and Artificial Language Advocates: A Shifting Relation", Language Problems and Language Planning, 41(3): 287-303. 2017.

 Organizing the Blind. The case of ONCE in Spain. Londres Routledge

  • Esperanto and its Rivals: The Struggle for an International Language. Penn University Press, 2015.
  • “Religion and artificial languages at the turn of the 20th century: Ostwald and Zamenhof.”Language Problems and Language Planning, 2013, 37(1): 47-70.
  • 2013. With Thomas J. Miley. “Linguistic immersion and political conflict in contemporary Catalonia.” European Journal of Language Policy, 5 (1): 5-40.

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