[lg policy] Educational Policy in Comparative Context: Ethnic Minority Language Politics in Mexico and the United States

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Jun 14 11:29:53 EDT 2019

Educational Policy in Comparative Context: Ethnic Minority Language
Politics in Mexico and the United States
Başlangıç Tarihi: 18/06/2019 14:00


This paper examines educational policy regarding public secondary school
language instruction in Mexico and California. Indigenous people in both
Mexico and the United States are some of the most marginalized citizens,
with past generations subject to explicit genocidal state agendas, and
current generations dealing with culturcide, meaning the intentional
repression of indigenous culture, including language. To understand the
historical context for contemporary politics of language in formal
education settings, this paper addresses the ways in which ethnic
minorities, and particularly indigenous peoples, are included or excluded
from national and state-level educational policies regarding mother tongue
or heritage tongue educational access. To better understand how the
language regimes of Mexico and California clash with the demands of
indigenous students, this paper utilizes comparative historical methods,
political ethnography, focus groups, and surveys to identify path dependent
language policy trajectories that promote or constrain access to ethnic
minority language learning.Author Bio:Mneesha Gellman is Assistant
Professor of Political Science in the Institute for Liberal Arts and
Interdisciplinary Studies, at Emerson College (PhD, Northwestern
University, Political Science). Her research interests include comparative
democratization, cultural resilience, memory politics, and education policy
in the Global South and the United States.Gellman's first book,
Democratization and Memories of Violence: Ethnic Minority Social Movements
in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador (Routledge 2017) examines how ethnic
minority communities use memories of violence in mobilizations for cultural
rights, particularly the right to mother tongue or heritage tongue
education. At Emerson, she teaches courses on human rights, global studies,
Latin American politics among others. In her other role, Gellman is also
the founder and Director of the Emerson Prison Initiative (EPI), which
brings high quality liberal arts education to incarcerated students at
Massachusetts Correctional Institute (MCI) at Concord, a men's medium
security prison.


 Harold F. Schiffman

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

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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