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Race and Ethnicity in English Language Teaching Korea in Focus Author: Christopher Joseph Jenks

Paperback - 200 pages
31 Aug 2017
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148


This book examines racism and racialized discourses in the ELT profession in South Korea. The book is informed by a number of different critical approaches to race and discourse, and the discussions contained in the chapters offer one way of exploring how the ELT profession can be understood from such perspectives. Observations made are based on the understanding that racism should not be viewed as individual acts of discrimination, but rather as a system of social structures. While the book is principally concerned with language teaching and learning in South Korea, the findings are situated in a wider discussion of race and ethnicity in the global ELT profession. The book makes the following argument: White normativity is an ideological commitment and a form of racialized discourse that comes from the social actions of those involved in the ELT profession; this normative model or ideal standard constructs a system of racial discrimination that is founded on White privilege, saviorism and neoliberalism. Drawing on a wide range of data sources, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in critically examining ELT.


This refreshing critique of racialized discourses in the English language teaching profession in South Korea takes the debates about White normativity and privilege and neoliberialism to a new level. It is empirically rich and theoretically sharp. It is be a key reference is the growing body of critical literature on race, ethnicity and equity in education and society.
- Li Wei, UCL Institute of Education, UK

Author Biography:

Christopher Joseph Jenks works at the University of South Dakota. He specializes in the political and cultural implications of the global spread of English. His research interests include multiculturalism, critical race theory, translingualism, postcolonialism, neoliberalism and national identities. His eight published and forthcoming books cover a range of topics, including chat room interaction, intercultural communication and second language acquisition.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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