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Title: Language, Power and Identity Politics
Edited By: Máiréad Nic Craith

The contributors to this book explore the significance of language in
articulating and maintaining identity in the context of power relations at
all levels in society. As globalization gains momentum, and new
technologies emerge, concepts of power and information are reshaped and the
role of language changes. Contributions examine the importance of English
as an indicator of power and influence in global contexts. The authors also
focus on the new transnational context for minority language activists
within the EU. Such benefits have not been extended to speakers of
immigrant languages as the principle of indigeneity continues to remain
central to language policy. Different mother tongues divide migrant and
indigenous populations but relations can be vastly improved with structures
reinforcing intercultural communication. Language can also act as boundary
between peoples of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds and the final
contribution explores changing concepts in the wake of 9/11 and the
subsequent 'war on terror'.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1403988188
ISBN-13: 9781403988188
Pages: 410
Prices: U.K. £ 45.00