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Language in late capitalism

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This book examines the ways in which our ideas about language and identity which used to be framed in national and political terms as a matter of rights and citizenship are increasingly recast in economic terms as a matter of added value. It argues that this discursive shift is connected to specific characteristics of the globalised new economy in what can be thought of as "late capitalism." Through ten ethnographic case studies, it demonstrates the complex ways in which older nationalist ideologies which invest language with value as a source of pride get bound up with newer neo-liberal ideologies which invest language with value as a source of profit. The complex interaction between these modes of mobilising linguistic resources challenges some of our ideas about globalisation, hinting that we are in a period of intensification of modernity, in which the limits of the nation-State are stretched, but not (yet) undone. At the same time, this book argues, this intensification also calls into question modernist ways of looking at language and identity, requiring a more serious engagement with capitalism and how it constitutes symbolic (including linguistic) as well as material markets.

Subtitled “Pride and Profit”. One of the Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism.

Routledge paperback in as new condition – thus no marks and good binding.

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Author(s):
A Duchene and M Heller (Eds)
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
23 x 15 cm
Edition:
2012
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
041586996X
ISBN-13:
9780415869966
Number of pages:
269
Publisher:
Routledge
Title:
Language in late capitalism

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This book examines the ways in which our ideas about language and identity which used to be framed in national and political terms as a matter of rights and citizenship are increasingly recast in economic terms as a matter of added value. It argues that this discursive shift is connected to specific characteristics of the globalised new economy in what can be thought of as "late capitalism." Through ten ethnographic case studies, it demonstrates the complex ways in which older nationalist ideologies which invest language with value as a source of pride get bound up with newer neo-liberal ideologies which invest language with value as a source of profit. The complex interaction between these modes of mobilising linguistic resources challenges some of our ideas about globalisation, hinting that we are in a period of intensification of modernity, in which the limits of the nation-State are stretched, but not (yet) undone. At the same time, this book argues, this intensification also calls into question modernist ways of looking at language and identity, requiring a more serious engagement with capitalism and how it constitutes symbolic (including linguistic) as well as material markets.

Subtitled “Pride and Profit”. One of the Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism.

Routledge paperback in as new condition – thus no marks and good binding.

Author(s):
A Duchene and M Heller (Eds)
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
23 x 15 cm
Edition:
2012
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
041586996X
ISBN-13:
9780415869966
Number of pages:
269
Publisher:
Routledge
Title:
Language in late capitalism

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