Rights to Language: Equity, Power, and Education: Celebrating the 60th Birthday of Tove Skutnabb-Kangas

Rights to Language: Equity, Power, and Education: Celebrating the 60th Birthday of Tove Skutnabb-Kangas

Rights to Language: Equity, Power, and Education: Celebrating the 60th Birthday of Tove Skutnabb-Kangas

Rights to Language: Equity, Power, and Education: Celebrating the 60th Birthday of Tove Skutnabb-Kangas

Synopsis

Rights to Language: Equity, Power, and Education brings together cutting-edge scholarship in language, education, and society from all parts of the world. Celebrating the 60th birthday of Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, it is inspired by her work in minority, indigenous, and immigrant education; multilingualism; linguistic human rights; and global language and power issues. Rights to Language situates issues of minorities and bilingual education in broader perspectives of human rights, power, and the ecology of language. The rich mix of papers serves to underline that the issues are comparable worldwide, that many disparate topics can cross-fertilize each other, and that our understanding of the issues can benefit from coverage that is global, reflective, and committed. A Web site with additional resource materials to this book can be found on http://www.cbs.dk/staff/phillipson/

Excerpt

This volume brings together cutting-edge scholarship in language, education and society from all parts of the world. It celebrates the 60th birthday of Tove Skutnabb-Kangas on July 6, 2000. The book is inspired by her work in the fields of minority education, multilingualism, linguistic human rights, and language and power. The contributors, all of whom are people whose work has influenced and has been influenced by Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, were encouraged to distil into relatively few words something of the essence of their professional experience. They were also invited to sketch out a vision of how the challenge of our multilingual diversity might be handled in a better world.

The fields named in the title of the volume serve to permit a thematic grouping of the papers into five parts of roughly equal size, starting with Language and Rights, and moving via Equity and Power to Education. Each part includes a range of chapters on these cross-cutting themes. The volume provides a provocative challenge to our ways of thinking about language, about how language rights are formulated and implemented, how speakers of all languages can be treated more equitably, and how multilingualism can be promoted in the wider society and more specifically in education. The rich mix of chapters serves to underline that the issues are comparable worldwide, that many apparently disparate topics can cross-fertilise each other, and that our understanding of the issues can benefit from coverage that is global, reflective, and committed.

There is considerable variety among the types of paper: retrospective and philosophical; comparative, local, and universal; activist and professionally iconoclastic; literary and visionary. The contributors come from many scientific specialisations, including anthropology, communication, economics, education, law, linguistics, literature, political science, psychology, and sociology. Collectively they exemplify how sociolinguistics has developed dynamic, multidisciplinary approaches to complex real-world problems. Such methods and insights are essential for language policy and language pedagogy in the contemporary world.

The book reflects the complexity and diversity of topics that are central to bilingual education, English as a Second Language, applied linguistics, and sociolinguistics. Many of the themes are bought together in the concluding 'integrated comment', which analyses the chapters in terms of the role of the critical intellectual, issues of scientific approach, monolingualism in a global age, seeing language dominance afresh, economic gospels, hopeful ways forward, and a broader vision of how some of our language policy utopias can be brought to life.

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