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Language Policy and Political Theory

Building Bridges, Assessing Breaches

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  • Includes chapters by leading scholars in the fields of minority language rights, normative political theory, language politics and language policy

  • Provides a unique focus on the intersection between language policy and political theory

  • Offers a set of diverse approaches to theorizing language policy combining empirical and normative perspectives

  • Is accessible and directly relevant to scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in the social sciences and humanities

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About this book

Contemporary debates on immigration, multiculturalism, nationalism, and linguistic rights often find language policy scholars and political philosophers at odds. This book aims to assess the obstacles and build bridges between scholars of language policy and political theory with chapters by Stephen May, Ronald Schmidt, Jr., Daniel Weinstock, Thomas Ricento, Yael Peled and Peter Ives. Along with an introduction by the editors, the chapters map out the contours of the debates and potential contributions that political theory can make to language policy and vice-versa. The book offers an appraisal of current research, areas of contestation and a framework for future interdisciplinary inquiry on the complex interface between language, power and ethics. This collection will be useful for scholars from diverse disciplinary perspectives with interests in contemporary societal debates in which language plays an important—even central—role.

Previously published in Language Policy, Volume 13, Issue 4, 2014



“The volume provides a highly valuable addition to existing literature for academics of both political theory and sociolinguistics, while also appealing to language policy practitioners. … provides a constructive contribution to the field of language policy, its main achievement being the great emphasis on interdisciplinarity, as well as the assertion that language policies need to not only take into account but also reflect linguistic reality … .” (Nadine Hamdan, The Linguist List, January, 2016)  

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Calgary Werklund School of Education, Calgary, Canada

    Thomas Ricento

  • Montreal, Canada

    Yael Peled

  • Political Science Dept., University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Canada

    Peter Ives

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Language Policy and Political Theory

  • Book Subtitle: Building Bridges, Assessing Breaches

  • Editors: Thomas Ricento, Yael Peled, Peter Ives

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-15083-3Published: 10 March 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-36739-2Published: 06 October 2016

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VII, 121

  • Additional Information: Spin-off from the journal Language Policy, Volume 13, Issue 4, 2014

  • Topics: Political Philosophy, Educational Policy and Politics, Applied Linguistics, Social Policy

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