[lg policy] bibitem: Subaltern agency and language education policy: Implementing a language policy on the ground

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 4 17:30:54 UTC 2011

Subaltern agency and language education policy: Implementing a
language policy on the ground

Muiris Ó Laoire, Clare Rigg and Vasiliki Georgiou,

AUT University New Zealand and Institute of Technology Tralee Ireland

The focus in this paper is on the implementation of language policy in
education. It explores
and discusses the notion of subaltern agency in an education
organization. Recent language
policy research highlights individual and collective agency in the
processes of language use,
attitudes and policies. People on the ground, charged with
implementation are not the
passive receivers of policies or the vague resistors once depicted in
research accounts,
referring to public body practitioners, but social actors who can
exercise subaltern agency.
The aim is to show that language policies are not merely implemented,
but are actually
shaped on the ground. Examples of subaltern agency from a case study
of the Official
Languages Act Ireland (2003) are explored.

Keywords: language policy, agency, subaltern agency, policy implementation
in education

Apples – Journal of Applied Language Studies
Vol. 5, 3 , 2011, 19-32


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