Language Policy, Culture, and Identity in Asian Contexts

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Amy Tsui, James W. Tollefson
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007 - Education - 283 pages
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Bringing together scholarship on issues relating to language, culture, and identity, with a special focus on Asian countries, this volume makes an important contribution in terms of analyzing and demonstrating how language is closely linked with crucial social, political, and economic forces, particularly the tensions between the demands of globalization and local identity. A particular feature is the inclusion of countries that have been under-represented in the research literature, such as Nepal, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Pakistan, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Korea. The book is organized in three sections:

  • Globalization and its Impact on Language Policies, Culture, and Identity
  • Language Policy and the Social (Re)construction of National Cultural Identity
  • Language Policy and Language Politics: The Role of English.

Unique in its attention to how the domination of English is being addressed in relation to cultural values and identity by non-English speaking countries in a range of sociopolitical contexts, this volume will help readers to understand the impact of globalization on non-English speaking countries, particularly developing countries, which differ significantly from contexts in the West in their cultural orientations and the way identities are being constructed.
 
Language Policy, Culture, and Identity in Asian Contexts will interest scholars and research students in the areas of language policy, education, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and critical linguistics. It can be adopted in graduate and advanced undergraduate courses on language policy, language in society, and language education.

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James W. Tollefson was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. He is a professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

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