Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity

Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity : Disciplinary and Regional Perspectives (Volume I)

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This volume argues that language, ethnicity, and identity are defined by the circumstances under which they are created. The foundational chapter by Joshua A. Fishman describes how language, ethnicity, and identity are variable and changeable. The essays in the first part of the Handbook view language and ethnic identity through the lenses of sociolinguistics, psychology, anthropology, politics, and economics. These essays address important topics such as diasporic languages, language and ethnic identity near state borders, and the education of Indigenous peoples, language minorities, and the Deaf. The second part of the Handbook views language and ethnic identity through a regional perspective, embarking on a journey through Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific. Drawing on both historical and up-to-date accounts, these chapters examine the relationship between constructions of language and ethnic identity and constructions of nation-states. Although the volume offers considerable sophistication in the treatment of language, ethnicity and identity, it has been written for the non-specialized reader, whether student or layperson. Written by well-known scholars in their fields, the contributions offer a list of reference to steer readers to crucial further readings, as well as questions for further reflection and inquiry.show more

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  • Paperback | 584 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 38mm | 821g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • numerous figures and tables
  • 0195374924
  • 9780195374926
  • 515,079

About Joshua A. Fishman

Joshua A. Fishman is Distinguished University Research Professor of Social Sciences, Emeritus, Yeshiva University Ofelia Garcia is Professor of Urban Education, The Graduate Center at CUNYshow more

Table of contents

CONTRIBUTORS ; PREFACE JOSHUA A. FISHMAN AND OFELIA GARCIA ; FOUNDATIONS ; SOCIOLINGUISTICS: LANGUAGE AND ETHNIC IDENTITY IN CONTEXT JOSHUA A. FISHMAN ; PART I DISCIPLINARY, METHODOLOGICAL AND TOPICAL APPROACHES IN THE STUDY OF LANGUAGE AND ETHNIC IDENTITY ; DISCIPLINARY AND METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES ; 1. Psychology Amado M. Padilla and Graciela N. Borsato ; 2. Social Psychology Karmela Liebkind ; 3. . Anthropology Miki Makihara ; 4. Political Science and Politics William Safran ; 5. Economics Francois Grin ; 6. Linguistic and Ethnographic Fieldwork Nancy C. Dorian ; 7. Demolinguistic and Geolinguistic Perspectives Guus Extra ; TOPICAL APPROACHES ; 8. Borders Tope Omoniyi ; 9. Diasporic Languages: The Jewish World Rakhmiel Peltz ; 10. Sign Language and the Deaf Community Colin Baker ; 11. Second Language Learning Perspective Bernard Spolsky ; 12. Education of Indigenous and Minority Children Tove Skutnabb-Kangas ; PART II REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES IN THE STUDY OF LANGUAGE AND ETHNIC IDENTITY ; EUROPE ; 13. Western Europe Ulrich Ammon ; 14. Germany James R. Dow ; 15. The Celtic World Colin H. Williams ; 16. Scandinavia Leena Huss and Anna-Riitta Lindgren ; 17. The Slavic World Miroslav Hroch ; THE AMERICAS ; 18. Canada Donna Patrick ; 19. The United States Terrence G. Wiley ; 20. Native Americans Teresa L. McCarty and Ofelia Zepeda ; 21. African American Language Sonja L. Lanehart ; 22. Latin America Ofelia Garcia, Dina Lopez and Carmina Makar ; AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST ; 23. Sub-Saharan Africa Samuel Gyasi Obeng and Tristan Purvis ; 24. South Africa Neville Alexander ; 25. The Arab World Moha Ennaji ; ASIA AND THE PACIFIC ; 26. Central Asia and Azerbaijan William Fierman and Jala Garibova ; 27. South and Southeast Asia Harold F. Schiffman ; 28. China: The Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan Mingling Zhou ; 29. Japan Akie Tomozawa and Masahito Yoshimura ; 30. Aotearoa/New Zealand Stephen May ; CONCLUSION ; LANGUAGING AND ETHNIFYING ; OFELIA GARCIAshow more