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Voices of Modernity

Voices of Modernity
Language Ideologies and the Politics of Inequality

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Part of Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language

  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521008976

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  • This study asserts that conscious development of new ways of thinking about language had a crucial role in modern history, particularly the discovery of how differences between languages legitimated social inequalities. It claims that savages and ancients were judged alike because they used language similarly, in contrast to modern Europeans who used disciplined language in scientific, philosophical and legal projects.

    • Looks at how language ideologies and practices are intertwined with the construction of social and political spheres in the making of 'modernity'
    • Looks at several centuries, countries and languages and draws on a wide range of academic disciplines
    • Addresses anthropologists, sociolinguists, literary studies specialists, intellectual historians, philosophers of language, and literary critics
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    Awards

    • Winner of the Sapir Book Prize awarded by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology who cited the authors' success in 'investigating the role of ideologies of language in the shaping of modernity'. In doing so, 'the book brings linguistic anthropology to the forefront of contemporary debates in the hu

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    "...an extremely useful guide to the intellectual history of the modern era"-Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

    "...A unique and singular book. Richard Bauman and Charles Briggs have crafted a wide-ranging and far-reaching work based on years of meticulous research that should be read closely be anyone with an interest in the emergence of "the folk," "folklore," and "folkloristics" in modernizing Europe...It has a prominent place in my library, is it should in anyone's." -David Samuels, University of Massachusetts, Amherst: Journal of American Folklore

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    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521008976
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.611kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Making language safe for science and society: from Francis Bacon to John Lock
    3. Antiquaries and philologists: the construction of modernity and its others in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England
    4. The critical foundations of national epic: Hugh Blair, the Ossian controversy, and the rhetoric of authenticity
    5. Johann Gottfried Herder: language reform, das Volk, and the patriarchal state in eighteenth-century Germany
    6. The Brothers Grimm: scientizing, textual production in the service of romantic nationalism
    7. Henry Rowe school craft and the making of an American textual tradition
    8. The foundation of all future researches: Franz Boas, George Hunt, Native American texts and the construction of modernity
    9. Conclusion.

  • Authors

    Richard Bauman, Indiana University
    Richard Bauman is Distinguished Professor of Communication and Culture, Folklore, and Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington.

    Charles L. Briggs, University of California, Berkeley
    Charles L. Briggs is Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director, Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego.

    Awards

    • Winner of the Sapir Book Prize awarded by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology who cited the authors' success in 'investigating the role of ideologies of language in the shaping of modernity'. In doing so, 'the book brings linguistic anthropology to the forefront of contemporary debates in the hu

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