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Language in Culture and the Media

Jacqueline Mowbray

in Linguistic Justice

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646616
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745485 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646616.003.0003
Language in Culture and the Media

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Patterns of language use in culture and the media are complex, differentiated, and continually evolving, particularly in response to processes of globalisation. This chapter uses the work of Pierre Bourdieu to explore the significance of this complexity and change, and against this background considers how international law engages with concerns about language use in the cultural sphere. It examines freedom of expression, the right to take part in cultural life, minority rights law, and laws on linguistic diversity (such as the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions). It also considers how international trade law may affect language use in this context by facilitating processes of globalisation. This analysis demonstrates that international law has difficulty accounting for processes of differentiation and change within the cultural sphere, including those which international law itself enables, and that this affects international law’s engagement with linguistic justice.

Keywords: linguistic justice; international law; language; culture; media; Bourdieu; globalisation; international trade law; linguistic diversity; UNESCO

Chapter.  19117 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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