Language and Work

Jacqueline Mowbray

in Linguistic Justice

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

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This chapter uses the conceptual framework of Pierre Bourdieu to develop a typology of the different ways in which language assumes significance in relation to work, and to identify the different types of ‘linguistic injustice’ which might be suffered in this context. It then considers how international law could be used to address these injustices, through an examination of international labour law, non-discrimination requirements under human rights law and under the language policies of the European Union, and free movement rights under international and European law. It concludes that while international law may contribute to greater justice for minority language speakers in the workplace, its ability to do so is limited by the fact that international law takes insufficient account of the systematic and structural nature of the disadvantage suffered by minority workers.

Keywords: linguistic justice; international law; language; work; Bourdieu; international labour law; non-discrimination; free movement; EU

Chapter.  18142 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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