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Language and Minority Rights Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Politics of Language by Professor Stephen May

Language and Minority Rights Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Politics of Language


Language and Minority Rights Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Politics of Language by Professor Stephen May

The second edition addresses new theoretical and empirical developments since its initial publication, including the burgeoning influence of globalization and the relentless rise of English as the current world language. May's broad position, however, remains largely unchanged. He argues that the causes of many of the language-based conflicts in the world today still lie with the nation-state and its preoccupation with establishing a 'common' language and culture via mass education. The solution, he suggests, is to rethink nation-states in more culturally and linguistically plural ways while avoiding, at the same time, essentializing the language-identity link. This edition, like the first, adopts a wide interdisciplinary framework, drawing on sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, sociology, political theory, education and law. It also includes new discussions of cosmopolitanism, globalization, the role of English, and language and mobility, highlighting the ongoing difficulties faced by minority language speakers in the world today.


This is a very important book and should be required reading for students, scholars, policy makers and others interested in linguistic pluralism. - CHOICE

About the Author

Stephen May is Professor of Education in the School of Critical Studies in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand

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Publication date

18th November 2011


Professor Stephen May

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Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group an imprint of Taylor & Francis Inc


448 pages


Multicultural education



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