In this ground-breaking collection of essays, the editors and authors develop the idea of Linguistic Citizenship. This notion highlights the importance of practices whereby vulnerable speakers themselves exercise control over their languages, and draws attention to the ways in which alternative voices can be inserted into processes and structures that otherwise alienate those they were designed to support. The chapters discuss issues of decoloniality and multilingualism in the global South, and together retheorize how to accommodate diversity in complexly multilingual/ multicultural societies. Offering a framework anchored in transformative notions of democratic and reflexive citizenship, it prompts readers to critically rethink how existing contemporary frameworks such as Linguistic Human Rights rest on disempowering forms of multilingualism that channel discourses of diversity into specific predetermined cultural and linguistic identities.
Lisa Lim is Associate Professor and Head of the School of English, The University of Hong Kong. Christopher Stroud is Director of the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research and Senior Professor of Linguistics, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and Professor of Transnational Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University, Sweden. Lionel Wee is Provost Chair Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore.
Contributors' Bios Preface and Acknowledgements Christopher Stroud: Introduction Language Rights and Linguistic Citizenship 1. Christopher Stroud: Linguistic Citizenship 2. Lionel Wee: Essentialism and Language Rights 3. Stephen May: Commentary. Unanswered Questions: Addressing the Inequalities of Majoritarian Language Policies Educating for Linguistic Citizenship 4. Blasius A. Chiatoh: Affirming Linguistic Rights, Fostering Linguistic Citizenship: A Cameroonian Perspective 5. Feliciano Chimbutane: Education and Citizenship in Mozambique: Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives 6. Estevao Cabral and Marilyn Martin-Jones: Paths to Multilingualism? Reflections on Developments in Language-In-Education Policy and Practice in East Timor 7. Suwilai Premsrirat and Paul Bruthiaux: Language Rights and "Thainess": Community-Based Bilingual Education Is the Key 8. Kathleen Heugh: Commentary. Linguistic Citizenship: Who Decides Whose Languages, Ideologies And Vocabulary Matter? Linguistic Citizenship in Resistance and Participation 9. Umberto Ansaldo and Lisa Lim: Citizenship Theory and Fieldwork Practice in Sri Lanka Malay Communities 10. Tommaso M. Milani and Rickard Jonsson: Linguistic Citizenship in Sweden: Resistance in A Context of Linguistic Human Rights 11. Gregory Kamwendo: Linguistic Citizenship in Post-Banda Malawi: A Focus On the Public Radio and Primary Education 12. Caroline Kerfoot: Making and Shaping Participatory Spaces: Resemiotization and Citizenship Agency in South Africa 13. Ana Deumert: Commentary. On Participation and Resistance