[lg policy] bibitem: Reclaiming the local in language policy and practice

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 5 19:18:08 UTC 2011

Reclaiming the local in language policy and practice
 (Google eBook)

A. Suresh Canagarajah

Psychology Press, 2005 - Social Science - 297 pages

This volume inserts the place of the local in theorizing about
language policies and practices in applied linguistics. While the
effects of globalization around the world are being discussed in such
diverse circles as corporations, law firms, and education, and while
the spread of English has come to largely benefit those in positions
of power, relatively little has been said about the impact of
globalization at the local level, directly or indirectly. Reclaiming
the Local in Language Policy and Practice is unique in focusing
specifically on the outcomes of globalization in and among the
communities affected by these changes. The authors make a case for why
it is important for local social practices, communicative conventions,
linguistic realities, and knowledge paradigms to actively inform
language policies and practices for classrooms and communities in
specific contexts, and to critically inform those pertaining to other
communities. Engaging with the dominant paradigms in the discipline of
applied linguistics, the chapters include research relating to second
language acquisition, sociolinguistics, literacy, and language
planning. The majority of chapters are case studies of specific
contexts and communities, focused on situations of language teaching.
Beyond their local contexts these studies are important for initiating
discussion of their relevance for other, different communities and
contexts. Taken together, the chapters in this book approach the task
of reclaiming and making space for the local by means of negotiating
with the present and the global. They illuminate the paradox that the
local contains complex values of diversity, multilingualism, and
plurality that can help to reconceive the multilingual society and
education for postmodern times.


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