Language of the Land

Policy, Politics, Identity

Edited by:
Katherine Schuster, Oakton Community College
David Witkosky, Auburn University-Montgomery

A volume in the series: Studies in the History of Education. Editor(s): Karen L. Riley, Auburn University at Montgomery.

Published 2007

The idea for this volume arose out of a need for a treatment of the interplay between language and ethnonationalism within both formal and nonformal educational settings. In no way intended to be exhaustive in scope, the contents give the reader a critical overview of issues related to language, cultural identity formation, and ethnonationalism. The chapters within this work deal with the effects of different language groups with differing amounts of power within society coming into contact with one another, and provide insight into how language is both utilized by and affected by processes such as colonialism, post-colonialism, acculturation, and ethnonationalism. Language is central to culture—indeed houses cultural understandings and allows generational transfer of key aspects of a group’s heritage.

Foreword. Introduction. PART I: Policy: Role of Language and Education in Nationalistic Move­ments. Nationalism at Play: Vacillating Education and Language Policies in Puerto Rico, Amílcar Antonio Barreto. Swedish-Language Folkhögskolor in Finland: Ethnonationalism, Language, and Adult Education in the Nineteenth Century, Katherine Schuster. Languages, Language Learning, and Nationalism in South Africa, Diane Napier. PART II: Politics: Language Acculturation and Educational Reparations. Maori Language Survival and New Zealand Education, Elizabeth Rata. The Impact of Recent Political Changes upon Programs for Language Minority Immigrant and Refugee Children in Roskilde, Denmark, David Virtue. The English-Only Movement: The Power to Silence, Lynn Zimmerman. Canadian Lessons for United States Language Policy and Planning: A Cautionary Tale, Douglas Fleming and Lynne McGivern. PART III: Identity: Linguistic or Dialectical Minority Education within a Nation-State. Weaving the Linguistic Fabric of a Nation: Schools and Bidialectalism in Germany, 1960–2004, David V. Witkosky. The Process of Norwegianization and Saami Communities: A Critical Exploration of Language, Educa­tion, and Nationalism, Kai Heidemann. Learning and Working in Basque: Implications for Basque Identity, Begoña Echeverria. Indigenous Language Use in Native American Education: Opening Spaces for Indigenous Ethnographies of Communication, Andrew Cowell.