9780199737420

Language without Rights

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  • ISBN13:

    9780199737420

  • ISBN10:

    0199737428

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-12-10
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

Language without Rights is a book-length critique of the concept of language rights. Synthesizing insights from a variety of disciplines, including linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, sociology and political philosophy, Wee demonstrates how the appeal to language rights faces a number of conceptual and practical problems, particularly because the discourse of rights is fundamentally inconsistent with the socially variable nature of language. The book also explores an alternative that is more in tune with the complexities of language in social life by suggesting that issues involving language are better managed within a model of deliberative democracy.

Author Biography


Lionel Wee is Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at National University of Singapore

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
On Boundary Markingp. 21
Language and Ethnic Minority Rightsp. 48
Beyond Ethnic Minoritiesp. 74
Ethnic Diversity and Nationalismp. 95
Migration and Global Mobilityp. 123
Language Education and Communication in the Workplacep. 144
Language, Justice, and the Deliberative Democratic Wayp. 163
Culture without Rights?p. 189
Referencesp. 199
Indexp. 215
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