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Bourdieu, Language and Linguistics - Michael James Grenfell

Bourdieu, Language and Linguistics

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Pierre Bourdieu is regarded as one of the foremost social philosophers of the twentieth century. His output included extensive studies of education, culture, art and language. He went beyond being a sociologist to being regarded in the same 'public intellectual' role as Sartre, de Beauvoir and Foucault. Issues surrounding language permeate Bourdieu's entire oeuvre. Although he did undertake empirical studies on language in a range of contexts, very little of this was published. This book redresses this balance; it sets out what Bourdieu has to say about language and why, and exemplifies this approach through a series of empirical language studies. This book will appeal to researchers across the world in fields such as sociology, philosophy,cultural studies, anthropologybut is of especial interest to language and linguistics scholars.

Pierre Bourdieu was perhaps the most influential sociologist of the second half of the 20th century. Given that language was so central to his theoretical and empirical works, it is surprising that so few scholars have addressed Bourdieu's theory of language or the ways in which he studied it, its use, and linguistic capital in his empirical work. Michael Grenfell and his contributors have rectified this in comprehensive and insightful ways. Grenfell's wonderful introduction to Bourdieu's work and his theory of language is theoretically rich as well as accessible to those including many scholars who use Bourdieu in their own work who are unfamiliar with linguistic theory. This sets the stage for the practical and empirical contributions that demonstrate how researchers can use Bourdieu in their own language-oriented studies and how teachers can better understand the ways in which language works in their own classrooms. This book shows how an understanding of Bourdieu's theory of language is key to an understanding of his entire body of work and should inform all Bourdieusian research. In conjunction with his other books on Bourdieu's life and his theories of education and art, Bourdieu, Language and Linguistics establishes Grenfell as perhaps the most important scholar working on Bourdieu today.--Sanford Lakoff Bourdieu, Language and Linguistics is accessible, readable and scholarly - a welcome addition to the field. It provides a clear situating of Bourdieu's ideas, which will be particularly valuable to all those wanting to engage with and understand his theories and provides a sustained engagement with a particular field, that of language and linguistics. The book will be particularly useful to those working in educational settings, and those who want to engage with Bourdieu's theories to counter inequalities in education. This book celebrates Bourdieu's activism, his passion and his commitment to social justice in education, with language as the arena for this engagement. The power of words, the way their reality seeps in, is the subject of this book. We are asked as scholars to reflexively turn our gaze upon ourselves, and see language as embedded within social processes. The book offers a series of case studies which apply these theories to practical contexts. The case studies address language variation, and the way linguistic capital expresses itself in language, field research in Catalonia, Spain, an account of linguistic ethnography and the experience of language change in multilingual communities in the UK, debates over citizenship in relation to language policy and national identities, language and education policy and practice in the UK, with a final section on language as the object of study. These case studies are beautifully embodied illuminations of Bourdieu's theoretical contributions and offer a call to a more pluralistic and inclusive vision of language policy in action. In the final section of the book of the importance of reflexivity when thinking about language in education is stressed. If language is the medium of education, as Grenfell, and the authors of this book (and Bourdieu) would say, then this book is a must for all scholars of language in education, and those who would wish to understand and reflect on educational processes and practices. Th

1. Introduction; Part I; 2. Bourdieu: A Theory of Practice, Michael Grenfell (University of Southampton, UK); 3. Bourdieu, Language and Linguistics, Michael Grenfell University of Southampton, UK); Part II; 4. Language Variation (Phonetics and Phonology), Michael Grenfell (University of Southampton, UK); 5. Language and Ideology, Robert Vann (Western Michigan University, USA); 6. Linguistic Ethnography, Adrian Blackledge (University of Birmingham, UK); 7. Language Policy, Stephen May (University of Waikato, New Zealand); 8. Language and Education, Allen Luke (University of Queensland, Australia); Part III; 9. Towards a Bourdieusian Linguistics, Michael Grenfell (University of Southampton, UK) & Adrian Blackledge (University of Birmingham, UK); 10. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

ISBN: 9781847065698
ISBN-10: 1847065694
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 10th January 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1