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LINGUIST List 16.3136

Mon Oct 31 2005

Books: Discourse Analysis/Socioling: Blackledge

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Discourse and Power in a Multilingual World: Blackledge

Message 1: Discourse and Power in a Multilingual World: Blackledge
Date: 26-Oct-2005
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Discourse and Power in a Multilingual World: Blackledge

Title: Discourse and Power in a Multilingual World
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 15
Published: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=DAPSAC%2015

Author: Adrian Blackledge, University of Birmingham
Hardback: ISBN: 9027227055 Pages: x, 252 Price: Europe EURO 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027227055 Pages: x, 252 Price: U.S. $ 132.00

In Discourse and Power in a Multilingual World the discourse of politicians
and policy-makers in Britain links languages other than English, and
therefore speakers of these languages, with civil disorder and threats to
democracy, citizenship and nationhood. These powerful arguments travel
along 'chains of discourse' until they gain the legitimacy of the state,
and are inscribed in law. The particular focus of this volume is on
discourse linking 'race riots' in England in 2001 with the Nationality,
Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, which extended legislation to test the
English language proficiency of British citizenship applicants.

Adrian Blackledge develops a theoretical and methodological framework which
draws on critical discourse analysis to reveal the linguistic character of
social and cultural processes and structures; on Bakhtin's notion of the
dialogic nature of discourse to demonstrate how voices progressively gain
authority; and on Bourdieu's model of symbolic domination to illuminate the
way in which linguistic-minority speakers may be complicit in the
misrecognition, or valorisation, of the dominant language.

Table of contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgements ix
1. Language, ideology and power 1-29
2. Language ideologies in multilingual contexts 31-58
3. Discourse and discrimination in the social arena 59-92
4. Political discourse and the rhetoric of discrimination 93-119
5. Political discourse and the media 121-153
6. Representing the voice of the people 155-180
7. The legitimation of discriminatory discourse 181-205
8. Discourse, power and the multilingual world 207-231
Notes 233-237
References 239-248
Index 249-252

"This important and timely book strengthens our understanding of the
macro-linguistic contexts in which multilingualism is embedded. It is an
incisive analysis of 'new racism' and discrimination masquerading as
liberalism, and a passionate plea for new images of and new engagement with
'Muslim' residents in a 'Western' nation."
Professor Ingrid Piller, Basel University, Switzerland

"'Discourse and Power in a Multilingual World' is a timely contribution to
our understanding of how deeply-rooted ideologies of language, nation and
State give rise to current racialized discourses of inclusion and exclusion
under contemporary conditions of globalized transnational movements."
Profesor Monica Heller, CREFO, OISE, Université de Toronto, Canada

"Adrian Blackledge has made a major contribution to our understanding of
the nexus between language and power in social and political life, and all
who are interested in this linkage will benefit from a close reading of
this book."
Professor Ronald Schmidt, Sr, California State University, Long Beach, USA

"In this day and age where xenophobia is spreading like wildfire and
national and global policies originate from fear and threats of 'the
other', this book offers a unique and comprehensive analysis of the process
through which the discourse and language of politicians, the media and
others in authority serve as such powerful tools contributing and
perpetuating such ideologies of discrimination. This book should be on the
required reading list not only for students of applied linguistics and
discourse, but also for those in political science, sociology and public
policy whose research engages with the role of language within policy making."
Professor Elana Shohamy, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng )

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