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Linguistic Minorities and Modernity A Sociolinguistic Ethnography by Monica Heller

Linguistic Minorities and Modernity A Sociolinguistic Ethnography

Part of the Advances in Sociolinguistics Series


Linguistic Minorities and Modernity A Sociolinguistic Ethnography by Monica Heller

The subject of this book is linguistic minorities and social change, seen through the lens of a linguistic minority school, meeting the challenges of globalization. This is a core topic for sociolinguists, linguistic anthropologists, applied linguists and educators who are concerned about what multilingualism means in today's world. Through a careful examination of the language practices in the daily life of a minority language school, Monica Heller explores issues such as nationalism, language policy, bilingualism, identity, power, ideology, race, class, gender and sexuality, exploring their role in the increasing commodification of identity and language. Linguistic Minorities and Modernity has been revised throughout, and includes a new preface by the author.


. ..This book is sufficiently brought up to date to be a valuable addition to the current literature in the field...a very thorough and compelling ethnographic study of a minority language school and especially of the daily language practices of that school; this approach raises questions not only about language policy in schools and classrooms but also about issues of power, ideology, and identity. Without question, this is a valuable and worthwhile work, and one that deserves our attention. -Timothy Reagan, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, December 2008

About the Author

Monica Heller is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada.

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Publication date

11th December 2006


Monica Heller

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


246 pages





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