Date: 27-Jul-2005 From: Elizabeth Gangeri <Elizabeth.Gangerierlbaum.com> Subject: Reclaiming the Local in Language Policy and Practice: Canagarajah (Ed)
Title: Reclaiming the Local in Language Policy and Practice
Series Title: A Volume in the ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Editor: A. Suresh Canagarajah, City University of New York/Baruch College
Hardback: ISBN: 0805845925 Pages: 328 Price: U.S. $ 79.95
Paperback: ISBN: 0805845933 Pages: 328 Price: U.S. $ 32.50
This volume inserts the place of the local in theorizing about language policies and practices in applied linguistics. While the effects of globalization around the world are being discussed in such diverse circles as corporations, law firms, and education, and while the spread of English has come to largely benefit those in positions of power, relatively little has been said about the impact of globalization at the local level, directly or indirectly. "Reclaiming the Local in Language Policy and Practice" is unique in focusing specifically on the outcomes of globalization in and among the communities affected by these changes. The authors make a case for why it is important for local social practices, communicative conventions, linguistic realities, and knowledge paradigms to actively inform language policies and practices for classrooms and communities in specific contexts, and to critically inform those pertaining to other communities. They illuminate the paradox that the local contains complex values of diversity, multilingualism, and plurality that can help to reconceive the multilingual society and education for postmodern times.