Conclusion: Power, hegemony and choices

John E. Joseph

in Language and Politics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624522
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671458 | DOI:
Conclusion: Power, hegemony and choices

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the issue of agency – the extent to which one's actions as an individual are freely chosen; or directed, either by invisible forces like ‘society’ and ‘power’ or by more tangible ones in the form of institutions, particularly those controlled by government; or even determined, by some power that can be imagined as a historical movement (evolution), a physical key (the genetic code), or as fate or Nature or God. It then considers the broccoli theory. It concludes with a series of implications that this study has for the understanding of language generally, and for the practice of applied linguistics in particular.

Keywords: language; linguistics; agency; power; hegemony; broccoli theory

Chapter.  7940 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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