Language, Ideology, and Power: Interrogating Restrictive Language Policies

By Antonia Darder.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Education

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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.

Keywords: Language, Ideology, Linguistic Genocide, Politics of Language, Citizenship Rights, Democratic Education

The International Journal of Diversity in Education, Volume 16, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.35-43. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: September 20, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 839.771KB)).

Antonia Darder

Chair, Leavey Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Leadership at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, USA; Professor Emerita, Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA