Jacqueline Mowbray

in Linguistic Justice

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646616
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745485 | DOI:

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This chapter considers why questions of language policy have attracted increasing attention in recent times, and discusses how ‘linguistic justice’ has emerged as a central concept within the associated academic literature. It argues for an investigation into the vision of linguistic justice implicit in international law, based on an exploration of the conceptual framework which underpins international law on language policy. It suggests that the work of Pierre Bourdieu offers a suitable methodology for such an investigation, as Bourdieu’s analytical framework provides a means of revealing hidden structures, assumptions, and ideas at work in the social (including legal) world, and how these function to sustain relations of domination and injustice. It introduces Bourdieu’s methodology and explains its potential for analysing international law and linguistic justice.

Keywords: linguistic justice; international law; language policy; Bourdieu; domination; injustice

Chapter.  6727 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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