Language in Education

Jacqueline Mowbray

in Linguistic Justice

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

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Drawing on literature from a variety of disciplines, and informed by the theoretical framework of Pierre Bourdieu, this chapter identifies a range of injustices associated with using some languages, rather than others, in education. It then considers the role which international law may play in addressing such injustices. It examines, in particular, minority rights law, human rights to education and non-discrimination, and law on the protection of endangered and minority languages. The final section of the chapter considers language use in education within the broader context of globalisation, and explores the potential impact of international trade law in this respect. Ultimately this analysis demonstrates that international law does not fully account for the complexity and context-dependence of questions of language in education, and that this limits international law’s contribution to linguistic justice.

Keywords: linguistic justice; international law; language; education; Bourdieu; minority rights; human rights; endangered languages; globalisation; international trade law

Chapter.  23460 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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