Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity: Disciplinary and Regional Perspectives (Volume 1) / Edition 2

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This volume argues that language, ethnicity, and identity are defined by the circumstances under which they are created. The foundational chapter by Joshua A. Fishman describes how language, ethnicity, and identity are variable and changeable. The essays in the first part of the Handbook view language and ethnic identity through the lenses of sociolinguistics, psychology, anthropology, politics, and economics. These essays address important topics such as diasporic languages, language and ethnic identity near state borders, and the education of Indigenous peoples, language minorities, and the Deaf. The second part of the Handbook views language and ethnic identity through a regional perspective, embarking on a journey through Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific. Drawing on both historical and current accounts, these chapters examine the relationship between constructions of language and ethnic identity and constructions of nation-states.

Although the volume offers considerable sophistication in the treatment of language, ethnicity, and identity, it has been written for the nonspecialized reader, whether student or layperson. Written by well-known scholars in their fields, the contributions offer a list of references to steer readers to crucial further readings, as well as questions for further reflection and inquiry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195374926
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joshua A. Fishman is Distinguished University Research Professor of Social Sciences, Emeritus, Yeshiva University.

Ofelia García is Professor of Urban Education at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

Contributors xiii


Sociolinguistics: Language and Ethnic Identity in Context Joshua A. Fishman xxiii

Part 1 Disciplinary, Methodological, and Topical Approaches in the Study of Language and Ethnic Identity

Disciplinary and Methodological Approaches

1 Psychology Amado M. Padilla Graciela N. Borsato 5

2 Social Psychology Karmela Liebkind 18

3 Anthropology Miki Makihara 32

4 Political Science and Politics William Safran 49

5 Economics François Grin 70

6 Linguistic and Ethnographic Fieldwork Nancy C. Dorian 89

7 Mapping Linguistic Diversity in Multicultural Contexts: Demolinguistic Perspectives Guus Extra 107

Topical Approaches

8 Borders Tope Omoniyi 123

9 Diasporic Languages: The Jewish World Rakhmiel Peltz 135

10 Sign Language and the Deaf Community Colin Baker 153

11 Second-Language Learning Bernard Spolsky 172

12 Education of Indigenous and Minority Children Tove Skutnabb-Kangas 186

Part II Regional Perspectives in the Study of Language and Ethnic Identity


13 Western Europe Ulrich Ammon 207

14 Germany James R. Dow 221

15 The Celtic World Colin H. Williams 237

16 Scandinavia Leena Huss Anna-Riitta Lindgren 255

17 The Slavic World Miroslav Hroch 269

The Americas

18 Canada Donna Patrick 286

19 The United States Terrence G. Wiley 302

20 Native Americans Teresa L. McCarty Ofelia Zepeda 323

21 African American Language Sonja L. Lanehart 340

22 Latin America Ofelia García Dina López Carmina Makar 353

Africa and the Middle East

23 Sub-Saharan Africa Samuel Gyasi Obeng Tristan M. Purvis 374

24 South Africa Neville Alexander 394

25 The Arab World: Maghreb and the Near East Moha Ennaji 407

Asia and the Pacific

26 Central Asia and Azerbaijan William Fierman Jala Garibova 423

27 South and Southeast Asia Harold F. Schiffman 452

28 China: The Mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Minglang Zhou 470

29 Japan Akie Tomozawa Masahito Yoshimura 486

30 Aotearoa/New Zealand Stephen May 501


Languaging and Ethnifying Ofelia García 519

Index 535

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