Language without Rights

Paperback | November 28, 2010

byLionel Wee

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Language without Rights is a book-length critique of the concept of language rights. Synthesizing insights from a variety of disciplines, including linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, sociology and political philosophy, Wee demonstrates how the appeal to language rights faces a numberof conceptual and practical problems, particularly because the discourse of rights is fundamentally inconsistent with the socially variable nature of language. The book also explores an alternative that is more in tune with the complexities of language in social life by suggesting that issuesinvolving language are better managed within a model of deliberative democracy.

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Language without Rights is a book-length critique of the concept of language rights. Synthesizing insights from a variety of disciplines, including linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, sociology and political philosophy, Wee demonstrates how the appeal to language rights faces a numberof conceptual and practical problems, particu...

Lionel Wee is Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at National University of Singapore.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 28, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199737428

ISBN - 13:9780199737420

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. On Boundary Marking3. Language and Ethnic Minority Rights4. Beyond Ethnic Minorities5. Ethnic Diversity and Nationalism6. Migration and Global Mobility7. Language Education and Communication in the Workplace8. Language, Justice, and the Deliberative Democratic Way9. Culture Without Rights?BibliographyIndex