The Dynamics of Language and Inequality in Education Social and Symbolic Boundaries in the Global South Edited by: Joel Austin Windle, Dánie de Jesus, Lesley Bartlett

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29 Feb 2020
New Perspectives on Language and Education
Multilingual Matters
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This book contributes new perspectives from the Global South on the ways in which linguistic and discursive boundaries shape inequalities in educational contexts, ranging from Amazonian missions to Mongolian universities. Through critical ethnographic and sociolinguistic analysis, the chapters explore how such boundaries contribute to the geopolitics of colonialism, capitalism and myriad, interwoven, forms of social life that structure both oppression and resistance. Boundaries are examined across time and space as relational constructs that mark the terms upon which admission to groups, institutions, territories, or practices are granted. The studies further present alternative educational approaches that demonstrate the potential for agency and transgression, highlighting moments of boundary crossing that disrupt existing linguistic ideologies, language policies and curriculum structures. 

Author Biography:

Joel Austin Windle is Professor of Modern Languages, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia. He is the author of Making Sense of School Choice (Palgrave, 2015, Winner of the Raewyn Connell and Stephen Crook prizes).

Dánie de Jesus is Professor of English, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil. He has edited volumes in Portuguese entitled Critical Perspectives on Language Teaching (Pontes, 2017) and Studies on Gender: Identities, Discourse and Education (Pontes, 2017).

Lesley Bartlett is Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. She is co-author (with Frances Vavrus) of Rethinking Case Study Research (Routledge, 2015) and co-editor (with Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher) of Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion (Routledge, 2012).

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Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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