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Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity - Joshua A. Fishman

Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity

By: Joshua A. Fishman (Editor)

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This volume presents a comprehensive introduction to the connection between language and ethnicity. The Ebonics and bilingual education controversies in the US have both provided new evidence for a connection between language and ethnicity and raised questions about the nature of this connection. Since the "ethnic revival" of the last twenty years, there has been a substantial and interdisciplinary change in our understanding of the connection between these fundamental aspects of our identity. The distinguished sociolinguist Joshua Fishman has commissioned over 25 previously unpublished papers on every facet of the subject. The volume is divided into two sections, the first examining disciplinary perspectives (for example history, psychology, religion, sociolinguistics, etc) on the subject; the second uses the prism of geography, looking at the subject in the context of Africa, Scandinavia, Germany and the rest of Western Europe, North America and elsewhere. The volume is truly interdisciplinary and the contributors are all distinguished figures in their fields. No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed and thus the volume will be suitable as a scholarly reference, as a resource for the lay reader, and can also be used as a text in ethnicity courses.

"The Handbook includes a great variety of topics and approaches...Handbooks and encyclopedias are susceptible to dry, authoritative accounts of received wisdom. Few of the chapters fall into this category...[C]hapter authors present a great deal of fascinating material and arguments debunking stereotypes...This volume achieves its stated goals--it is accessible to non-specialist readers and provides a wealth of interesting information for specialists."--Anthropology & Education Quarterly "The Handbook includes a great variety of topics and approaches...Handbooks and encyclopedias are susceptible to dry, authoritative accounts of received wisdom. Few of the chapters fall into this category...[C]hapter authors present a great deal of fascinating material and arguments debunking stereotypes...This volume achieves its stated goals--it is accessible to non-specialist readers and provides a wealth of interesting information for specialists."--Anthropology & Education Quarterly

Contributors
Introductionp. 3
Discipline and Topic Perspectives
Economicsp. 9
Linguistic and Ethnographic Fieldworkp. 25
Education of Minoritiesp. 42
Historyp. 60
Nationalismp. 77
Political Sciencep. 94
Psychologyp. 109
Sign Language and the Deaf Communityp. 122
Social Psychologyp. 140
Sociolinguisticsp. 152
Sociologyp. 164
Second-Language Learningp. 181
Region and Language Perspectives
Amerindiansp. 197
African American Vernacular Englishp. 211
Latin Americap. 226
The United States and Canadap. 244
The Celtic Worldp. 267
Germanyp. 286
Scandinaviap. 300
The Slavic Worldp. 319
Western Europep. 334
Sub-Saharan Africap. 353
Afro-Asian Rural Border Areasp. 369
The Arab World (Maghreb and Near East)p. 382
The Far Eastp. 399
The Pacificp. 414
South and Southeast Asiap. 431
Concluding Commentsp. 444
Indexp. 455
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ISBN: 9780195124286
ISBN-10: 0195124286
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st March 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.83