Every century has witnessed the birth of a few world-transcending intellectuals as well as talented emerging scholars. Noam Chomsky and Pierre W. Orelus are no exception. Using dialogues exchanged over the course of nine years, combined with heartfelt critical essays, Chomsky and Orelus analytically examine social justice issues, such as unbalanced relationships between dominant and subjugated languages, democratic schooling, neoliberalism, colonization, and the harmful effect of Western globalization on developing countries, particularly on the poor living in those countries. On Language, Democracy, and Social Justice offers a unique perspective on these issues. Educators and scholar-activists interested in challenging the long-standing status quo to inspire transformative social, educational, and political change must read this book.
Pierre W. Orelus is Assistant Professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at New Mexico State University. He is currently the co-chair of the Paulo Freire Special Interest Group at the American Educational Research Association. Professor Orelus has received several awards and fellowships, including a New Mexico State University Early Career Award for Exceptional Achievements in Creative Scholarly Activity. His most recent books include Whitecentricism and Linguoracism Exposed: Towards the De-centering of Whiteness and Decolonization of Schools (Peter Lang, 2014). Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chomsky is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards and has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs, and U.S. foreign policy. Among his more recent books are The Essential Chomsky (2008); Hopes and Prospects (2010); Gaza in Crisis (2010); How the World Works (2011); 9-11: Was There an Alternative? (2011); Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire, and Resistance (2012); The Science of Language (2012); Peace with Justice: Noam Chomsky in Australia (2012); and Power Systems (2014).
Contents: Professional and Personal Encounters With Noam Chomsky: A Critical Self-Reflection - Noam Chomsky and the Linguistic, Political, and Activist World: A Critical Analysis - Democracy, Schooling, and U.S. Foreign Policy - Noam Chomsky and Pierre Orelus in Dialogue - Democracy and Language Rights of Minority Groups - Neoliberalism: The Rich Over the Poor - Noam Chomsky and Pierre Orelus in Dialogue - Market Democracy in a Neoliberal Order: Doctrines and Reality - Third World Countries Under Western Siege - Noam Chomsky and Pierre Orelus in Dialogue - Re-Envisioning Social Justice - Noam Chomsky and Pierre Orelus in Dialogue - What Should Be the Role of Intellectuals in the Twenty-First Century?
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