The Multilingual Citizen Towards a Politics of Language for Agency and Change Edited by: Lisa Lim, Christopher Stroud, Lionel Wee

Format:
Ebook(PDF) - 304 pages
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ISBN:
9781783099665
Published:
28 Feb 2018
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters
Dimensions:
210 x 148
Availability:
Forthcoming

Summary

In this ground-breaking collection of essays, the editors and authors develop the idea of Linguistic Citizenship. This notion highlights the importance of practices whereby vulnerable speakers themselves exercise control over their languages, and draws attention to the ways in which alternative voices can be inserted into processes and structures that otherwise alienate those they were designed to support. The chapters discuss issues of decoloniality and multilingualism in the global South, and together retheorize how to accommodate diversity in complexly multilingual/ multicultural societies. Offering a framework anchored in transformative notions of democratic and reflexive citizenship, it prompts readers to critically rethink how existing contemporary frameworks such as Linguistic Human Rights rest on disempowering forms of multilingualism that channel discourses of diversity into specific predetermined cultural and linguistic identities.

Author Biography:

Lisa Lim is Associate Professor and Head of the School of English, The University of Hong Kong.

Christopher Stroud is Director of the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research and Senior Professor of Linguistics, University of the Western Cape, South Africa and Professor of Transnational Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University, Sweden.

Lionel Wee is Provost Chair Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional




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