Language, Ideology, and Power

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  • Title: Language, Ideology, and Power: Interrogating Restrictive Language Policies
  • Author(s): Antonia Darder
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Diversity in Education
  • Keywords: Language, Ideology, Linguistic Genocide, Politics of Language, Citizenship Rights, Democratic Education
  • Volume: 16
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2016
  • ISSN: 2327-0020 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2163 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-0020/CGP/v16i03/35-43
  • Citation: Darder, Antonia. 2016. "Language, Ideology, and Power: Interrogating Restrictive Language Policies." The International Journal of Diversity in Education 16 (3): 35-43. doi:10.18848/2327-0020/CGP/v16i03/35-43.
  • Extent: 43 pages

Abstract

The article examines the political nature of language and its impact upon the schooling of oppressed populations within the US and abroad. Linguistic genocide, as an international concern, is addressed in context to the educational experiences of indigenous and minority communities. Central to this discussion is the notion of language and citizenship rights, particularly in relation to restrictive language policies. Underscored is the need for educators to move from a repressive culture of forgetting toward an emancipatory politics of language and education that support processes of community empowerment, political self-determination, and democratic participation.