Language, Capitalism, Colonialism: Toward a Critical History

Language, Capitalism, Colonialism: Toward a Critical History

By: Bonnie S. McElhinny (author), Monica Heller (author)Paperback

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Heller and McElhinny reinterpret sociolinguistics for the twenty-first century with an original approach to the study of language that is situated in the political and economic contexts of colonialism and capitalism. In the process, they map out a critical history of how language serves, and has served, as a terrain for producing and reproducing social inequalities. The authors ask how, and by whom, ideas about language get unevenly shaped, offering new perspectives that will excite readers and incite further research for years to come.

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Monica Heller is Professor in the Anthropology Department and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Bonnie McElhinny is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, and former Director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute.


List of FiguresAcknowledgementsPreface: Hope Chapter 1: Language, Capitalism, Colonialism: Walking Backward into the Future 1.1 Language and Inequality: A Wary Approach to a Red Thread World1.2 Red Flags: Keywords, Hegemonies, Ideologies, and Warty Genealogies1.3 Language Out of Place1.4 Knotted Histories: Following the Threads through the Book1.5 The End of the Beginning PART I: LANGUAGE, INTIMACY, AND EMPIRE Chapter 2: Language and Imperialism I: Conversion and Kinship 2.1 "The First Nations Bible Translation Capacity-Building Initiative"2.2 Colonialism, Imperialism, Postcolonialism, Decolonization 2.3 Intimacy and Connection Across Five Continents2.4 Reduced to and by Christian Love: Missionary Linguistics2.5 Family Trees, Comparative Philology and Secular Religion Chapter 3: Language and Imperialism II: Evolution, Hybridity, History 3.1 "Mixing Things Up"3.2 Imperialism and Industrial Capitalism3.3 Evolutionary Theory: Language and/as Race3.4 Slavery, Plantation, Labour, Trade, and "Mixed" Languages 3.5 Americanist Anthropology: The Limits of Cultural Critiques of Evolutionary RacismAmerican Modern: Assimilating Blackness, Disappearing IndigeneityAmerican Primitive: Extracting Language3.6 Linguistic Relativity, Colonial Ambivalence, and Modern Alienation PART II: THE CONTRADICTIONS OF LANGUAGE IN INDUSTRIAL CAPITALISM Chapter 4: Language and European Notions of Nation and State: 4.1 "Le Symbole"4.2 The Emergence of the Nation-State in Europe4.3 Markets and Liberal Democracy4.4 Making Subjects Through LanguageRegimentation: Census, Standardization, LiteracyStandardization: Grammars, Dictionaries, Canons, Pedagogies4.5 Language and Differential Citizenship4.6 Creating Peripheries4.7 Regulating Relations in Industrial Capitalism4.8 Making Scientific Linguistic Expertise Chapter 5: Internationalism, Communism, and Fascism: Alternative Modernities 5.1 "Visions of the Future"5.2 Peace, Geopolitics, and International Auxiliary Languages 5.3 Making Communist LinguisticsMarrismThe Bakhtin CircleFrom Language as Action to Language as Tool in the Cold War5.4. Language and Fascism National Socialism in GermanyLanguage and Race: Yiddish and EsperantoRace, Propaganda, and Mass Media5.5 Fault Lines PART III: BRAVE NEW WORLDS: LANGUAGE AS TECHNOLOGY, LANGUAGE AS TECHNIQUE Chapter 6: The Cold War: Surveillance, Structuralism, and Security 6.1 "Black Out"6.2 Battles for Hearts and Minds6.3 The Investigation of Linguists During the McCarthy Period6.4 Suspicious Words, Suspicious MindsThe Prague Linguistics CircleFear of the Translator6.5 Infrastructure and Institutionalization: Communication Studies, Area Studies, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics 6.6 Machine Translation and the Rise of SyntaxRational and Universal Principles for Linguistic Analysis: Late Structuralist LinguisticsFreedom, Creativity, and Human Nature: The Rise of Generative Linguistics6.7 Nineteen Eighty-Four as a Weapon of the Cold War Chapter 7: On the Origins of 'Sociolinguistics': Democracy, Development and Emancipation 7.1 "A Dialectologist in India"7.2 Engineering Language: Literacy, Standardization, and Education7.3 Language Policy and Planning: Technocratic Solutions7.4 Domestic Development and American SociolinguisticsChallenging "Deficit": Three ApproachesFear of the Political7.5 Challenging ConsensusFeminist LinguisticsDifference and Domination: Anti-Racist Critiques7.6 Pidgins, Creoles, and New Nationalisms7.7 The Rise of Sociolinguistics in Europe: Class and Conflict7.8 The End of the Trente Glorieuses Chapter 8: Language in Late Capitalism: Intensifications, Unruly Desires, and Alternative Worlds 8.1 "Nayaano-nibii maang Gichigamiin" 8.2 Late Capitalism: The Expanding Reach of the Market and the Neoliberal State8.3 Language, Inequality, and Ideology8.4 Managing Your Assets: Language Quality, Linguistic Diversity, and Citizenship 8.5 Brave New Selves: "I am a Business, Man!" 8.6 Affect, Authenticity, and Embodiment8.7 Recapturing the Commons8.8 Reclamation, Redress, Refusal, and Reimagining8.9 This is How We HopeReferencesIndex

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