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Language Politics and Policies
Perspectives from Canada and the United States

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Selma K. Sonntag, Yael Peled, John Petrovic, Peter Ives, Nelson Flores, Jennifer Leeman, Terrence G. Wiley, Kate Menken, Sharon Avni, Teresa L. McCarty, Kendall King, Martha Bigelow, Jeff Bale, Eve Haque, Donna Patrick, Mark Fettes, Monika Jezak, Linda Cardinal, Rémi Léger
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  • Date Published: June 2022
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108453141


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  • Tensions and conflicts related to linguistic identity and security are inevitable - even necessary - in liberal democracies. However, if conflicts related to language and identity negatively impact democratic participation, and lead to social fragmentation, civic withdrawal, and lack of trust in societal institutions, then the political system itself may become suspect and unstable. Written by experts from the fields of sociolinguistics, bilingual studies, political science/philosophy, and education, this volume provides a comprehensive picture of the current political, cultural and social factors impacting language policy in the United States and Canada. The chapters cover many aspects of social life in North America, such as immigration, bilingual education, heritage languages, and linguistic identity, and explore the challenges and set-backs, along with the many positive steps taken in recent years to advance the values of inclusion amidst diversity in a variety of contexts and domains in the United States and Canada.

    • Brings together a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches in a single volume
    • Uses conceptual analyses and empirically-based data-driven studies to assess the nature and effects of political, cultural, and economic factors on policies and practices
    • Chapters are written in a clear and accessible style, making it suitable for undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as for specialists in language policy
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    ‘A timely and important volume that goes well beyond traditional language policy analysis, in order to engage with alternatives to current policies and practices. The attention to multiple language communities in Canada and the US reveals the dramatic ways that meso and macro policy making can be affected by local and community action.' James Tollefson, University of Washington

    ‘A must for language mavens and policymakers alike, Language Politics and Policies provides concise, balanced and well-informed studies of the current state and future prospects of English, Spanish, French, Indigenous languages and immigrant languages in Canada and the United States. The insights offered by its comparative perspective are enlightening and sometimes surprising.' Stephen Henighan, University of Guelph, Canada

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108453141
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.515kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theoretical Orientations:
    1. The liberal tradition in America: a historical-institutionalist approach to US language policy Selma K. Sonntag
    2. The political ethics of linguistic in-betweenness Yael Peled
    3. Alienation, language work, and the so-called commodification of language John Petrovic
    4. Putting Canadian language politics in a global context Peter Ives
    Part II. The USA Context:
    5. Disciplining bilingual education Nelson Flores
    6. Measuring multilingualism in Canada and the US: ideology, policy and census language questions Jennifer Leeman
    7. The rise, fall, and rebirth of bilingual education in US educational policy and the new American dilemma Terrence G. Wiley
    8. Language policy conflicts: New York City's efforts to expand bilingual education amidst English-only assimilationist pressures Kate Menken and Sharon Avni
    9. Indigenous language reclamation – cautionary tale and necessary intervention in raciolinguistic inequality Teresa L. McCarty
    10. The politics of language education policy development and implementation: Minnesota (not so) nice? Kendall King and Martha Bigelow
    Part III. The Canadian Context:
    11. Heritage language education policies and the regulation of racial and linguistic difference in Ontario Jeff Bale
    12. A Foucauldian approach to language policy in Canada Eve Haque
    13. Promises, acts, and action: Indigenous language politics in Canada Donna Patrick
    14. Language, land, and stewardship: Indigenous imperatives and Canadian policies Mark Fettes
    15. A land of immigration and official French-English bilingualism: politics and policies for integration of adult immigrants into French-Canadian minority communities Monika Jezak
    16. Ethnocultural and linguistic diversity: new challenges to Canada's language regime Linda Cardinal and Rémi Léger.

  • Editor

    Thomas Ricento, University of Calgary
    Thomas Ricento is Professor and Research Chair Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Canada. He has published widely in the field of language policy and on the politics of language in North America. His recent publications include Language Policy and Political Economy (2015), Language Policy and Planning: Critical Concepts in Linguistics (2016), and Language Policy and Political Theory: Building Bridges, Assessing Breaches (2015).


    Selma K. Sonntag, Yael Peled, John Petrovic, Peter Ives, Nelson Flores, Jennifer Leeman, Terrence G. Wiley, Kate Menken, Sharon Avni, Teresa L. McCarty, Kendall King, Martha Bigelow, Jeff Bale, Eve Haque, Donna Patrick, Mark Fettes, Monika Jezak, Linda Cardinal, Rémi Léger

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