[lg policy] Security and Language Policy

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed May 16 10:41:35 EDT 2018

 Security and Language Policy
Constadina Charalambous, Panayiota Charalambous, Kamran Khan, and Ben
The Oxford Handbook of Language Policy and Planning
Edited by James W. Tollefson and Miguel Pérez-Milans
Print Publication Date: Jul 2018 Subject: Linguistics, Sociolinguistics Online
Publication Date: May 2018 DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190458898.013.30

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In This Article

   - Securitisation, the State, Borders, and Surveillance: Critical
   Security Studies
   - Securitisation, Language, and Language Policy
      - Case Study 1: The (In)securitisation of Language in Contemporary
      - Case Study 2: De-securitisation and Foreign Language Education in a
      Conflict-Affected Context
   - Conclusion
   - References
   - Notes

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Abstract and Keywords

This chapter draws critical security studies into the investigation of
language policy for two reasons. First, it provides informative commentary
on how the concept of security is being reconfigured, with developments in
digital technology, large-scale population movements, and the privatisation
of public services. Second, it is increasingly attentive to how geopolitics
permeates the everyday. Accordingly, critical security studies can generate
considerable scope for connection with research on language in society.
This chapter provides two case studies of security and language policy in
which “enemy” and “fear” have been active principles in language policy
development. The first case shows how security has become an increasingly
influential theme in the United Kingdom. The second case, focusing on
Cyprus, describes how legacies of large-scale violent conflict can generate
rather unexpected ground-level enactments of language education policy.

Keywords: critical security studies
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studies>, Cyprus
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policy <http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/search?f_0=keyword&q_0=language
policy>, language education policy
<http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/search?f_0=keyword&q_0=language education
policy>, security
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Constadina Charalambous

Constadina Charalambous is Assistant Professor of Language Education &
Literacy at the European University of Cyprus. Her research interests
include language education, interactional sociolinguistics, peace
education, and more specifically, language learning in contexts of
conflict. She has conducted research on peace education initiatives in
Cyprus and has been involved in teacher-training seminars. She is currently
conducting research on Other-language learning classes in Cyprus,
investigating the role of language learning in promoting peaceful
coexistence (funded by the Levehulme Trust).
Panayiota Charalambous

Panayiota Charalambous works as a Research Associate at the European
University of Cyprus, in collaboration with King’s College London, in the
project “Crossing Languages and Borders: Intercultural Language Education
in a Conflict-Troubled Context.” Her research centers around the
examination of cultural practices in education in divided societies,
including literature education, literacy practices, MFL teaching, and
intercultural and peace education. In the past she has worked as a
researcher in various Cypriot and European projects and as a
teacher-trainer on related topics.
Kamran Khan

Kamran Khan is currently an Associate Lecturer at the Universitat de Lleida
in Catalonia, Spain, and holds a Visiting Academic position at King’s
College London. He was previously the ESRC (Economic and Social Research
Council) Research Associate in Sociology on the project titled “The UK
Citizenship Process: Exploring Immigrants’ Experiences” at the University
of Leicester. He completed his joint PhD at the University of Birmingham
(UK) and University of Melbourne (Australia) on linguistic practices and
forms of becoming within the citizenship process. His research interests
include citizenship, security, multilingualism, and language testing.
Ben Rampton

Ben Rampton is Professor of Applied and Socio Linguistics and Director of
the Centre for Language Discourse and Communication at King’s College
London. He does interactional sociolinguistics, and his interests cover
urban multilingualism, ethnicity, class, youth, and education. His
publications include Crossing: Language and Ethnicity among Adolescents
(Longman, 1995; St. Jerome, 2005) and Language in Late Modernity:
Interaction in an Urban School (Cambridge University Press, 2006); he edits
Working Papers in Urban Language and Literacy; and he was founding convener
of the UK Linguistic Ethnography Forum.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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