This book explores key areas of modern society in which language is used to form power and social relations. These are presented in five sections:
Language and the Media
Language and Organisations
Language and Gender
Language and Youth
Multilingualism, Identity and Ethnicity
With a unique combination of selected readings and student-centred tasks in a single volume, the book covers contemporary issues in language and power, ranging from the global to the interpersonal. Each area - and each reading chosen to explore it - is substantially contextualised and discussed through a detailed introduction and then followed up with related activities.
Each section comprises:
*a substantial, specific introduction which draws students’ attention to key themes and issues relevant to its topic;
*a set of four or five selected readings which encourages students to locate critically these issues in context;
*a task, or set of tasks, obliging students to undertake ‘hands-on’ linguistic analysis of data and engage in more sophisticated discussion of pertinent issues.
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