Linguistic Minorities and Modernity: A Sociolinguistic Ethnographyby Monica Heller, L. Levy, Mark Campbell, D. Patrick
Pub. Date: 01/28/1999
Publisher: Pearson Education
Linguistic Minorities and Modernity is a sociolinguistic ethnographic study of linguistic minorities and social change. The book contributes to the analysis of the impact of social change on relations of power and identity, and on the role of education in helping to maintain or change those relations. Focusing on the politics of language and identity in a French-language minority school in Ontario, Canada, it reveals the transformation of the francophone minority community under the new social, economic and political conditions accompanying globalization, a process shared by minorities in multilingual contexts world-wide.
Through a careful examination of language practices in daily life at school, Monica Heller shows how the interaction order is linked to the institutional order, which is itself linked to shifting ideologies of language, identity and nationhood. The expansion of corporate capitalism, migration, the changing role of the State, all contribute to these shifts. The previous emphasis on authentic, homogenous nations gives way to a new vision of pluralism and global networks where language becomes more a commodity than a symbol of identity. This change reorganizes relations of power and solidarity. It also creates avenues of socio-economic advancement while calling into question the legitimacy of rights and institutions without which the current changes would be impossible.
The book is written in an accessible, lively narrative style, employing real-life examples and case studies to illustrate the discussions, and is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students of linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics and multilingual education, as well asfor professionals involved in educational, ethnolinguistic minority, immigration and language planning agencies.
Table of Contents
The transformation of linguistic minorities 3
'L'Unite dans la diversite' 27
Norms and contradictions 65
Being bilingual 113
Girls and boys 152
Periphery to centre 169
The distribution of linguistic capital 211
Author index 227
Subject index 229
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