Fighting Words: Language Policy and Ethnic Relations in Asia

Fighting Words: Language Policy and Ethnic Relations in Asia

by Michael E. Brown, Sumit Ganguly, umit

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ISBN-13: 9780262523332
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 08/29/2003
Series: Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael E. Brown is Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Sumit Ganguly is Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.

Steven E. Miller is director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center.

Sean M. Lynn-Jones is Editor of International Security, the International Security Program's quarterly journal. He is also series editor of the Belfer Center Studies in International Security, the Program's book series that is published by MIT Press.

What People are Saying About This

Kanti Bajpai

This is a fine successor to Brown and Ganguly's earlier volume, Government Policies and Ethnic Relations in Asia and the Pacific, and features international scholarship of the highest order on a vital—and much neglected—subject. The book offers a window on conflict and governance in Asia that will be of inestimable value to students of both comparative and international politics.

Stephen John Stedman

Two major themes emerge from these excellent case studies. First, bumbling or malicious elites can do major damage when they mishandle language policy—an issue fraught with danger in multiethnic societies. Second, and more important, farsighted policymakers can craft language policies that lessen the destructive potential of ethnic conflict. The editors should be applauded for focusing attention on an understudied yet crucial tool of conflict management.

Endorsement

This is a fine successor to Brown and Ganguly's earlier volume, Government Policies and Ethnic Relations in Asia and the Pacific, and features international scholarship of the highest order on a vital—and much neglected—subject. The book offers a window on conflict and governance in Asia that will be of inestimable value to students of both comparative and international politics.

Kanti Bajpai, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

From the Publisher

Two major themes emerge from these excellent case studies. First, bumbling or malicious elites can do major damage when they mishandle language policy—an issue fraught with danger in multiethnic societies. Second, and more important, farsighted policymakers can craft language policies that lessen the destructive potential of ethnic conflict. The editors should be applauded for focusing attention on an understudied yet crucial tool of conflict management.

Stephen John Stedman, Senior Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation and Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

This is a fine successor to Brown and Ganguly's earlier volume, Government Policies and Ethnic Relations in Asia and the Pacific, and features international scholarship of the highest order on a vital—and much neglected—subject. The book offers a window on conflict and governance in Asia that will be of inestimable value to students of both comparative and international politics.

Kanti Bajpai, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

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