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    Voices of Modernity: Language Ideologies and the Politics of Inequality (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language) (Paperback) By (author) Richard Bauman, By (author) Charles L. Briggs, Series edited by Judith T. Irvine, Series edited by Bambi B. Schieffelin, Series edited by Marjorie Harness Goodwin, Series edited by Joel C. Kuipers, Series edited by Don Kulick, Series edited by John Lucy, Series edited by Elinor Ochs, Series edited by Michael Silverstein

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    DescriptionLanguage and tradition have long been relegated to the sidelines as scholars have considered the role of politics, science, technology and economics in the making of the modern world. This reading of over two centuries of philosophy, political theory, anthropology, folklore and history argues that new ways of imagining language and representing supposedly premodern people - the poor, labourers, country folk, non-europeans and women - made political and scientific revolutions possible. The connections between language ideologies, privileged linguistic codes, and political concepts and practices shape the diverse ways we perceive ourselves and others. This 2003 book demonstrates that contemporary efforts to make schemes of social inequality based on race, gender, class and nationality seem compelling and legitimate, rely on deeply-rooted ideas about language and tradition. Showing how critics of modernity unwittingly reproduce these foundational fictions, it suggests strategies for challenging the undemocratic influence of these voices of modernity.


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    Title
    Voices of Modernity
    Subtitle
    Language Ideologies and the Politics of Inequality
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Bauman, By (author) Charles L. Briggs, Series edited by Judith T. Irvine, Series edited by Bambi B. Schieffelin, Series edited by Marjorie Harness Goodwin, Series edited by Joel C. Kuipers, Series edited by Don Kulick, Series edited by John Lucy, Series edited by Elinor Ochs, Series edited by Michael Silverstein
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 376
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 550 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521008976
    ISBN 10: 0521008972
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: JHMC, JFCX
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: CF, DSA
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HP
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    B&T General Subject: 480
    DC21: 306.44
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 306.44
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009050
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: P35 .B33 2003
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: P35 \.B33
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, QD, CF, JBCC9, DSA
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    22 December 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Richard Bauman is Distinguished Professor of Communication and Culture, Folklore, and Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Charles L. Briggs is Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director, Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego.
    Review quote
    'Their scope is enormous and I can think of no one who has covered the terrain that they have in such breadth and depth ... one of the best accounts of language ideology I have encountered.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute '... of interest to all scholars ...' Pragmatics 'Bauman and Briggs have written the most fundamental, significant work ever for linguistic anthropologists and probably for all anthropologists with the slightest concern with reflexivity and practice.' Journal of Linguistic Anthropology
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction; 2. Making language safe for science and society: from Francis Bacon to John Lock; 3. Antiquaries and philologists: the construction of modernity and its others in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England; 4. The critical foundations of national epic: Hugh Blair, the Ossian controversy, and the rhetoric of authenticity; 5. Johann Gottfried Herder: language reform, das Volk, and the patriarchal state in eighteenth-century Germany; 6. The Brothers Grimm: scientizing, textual production in the service of romantic nationalism; 7. Henry Rowe school craft and the making of an American textual tradition; 8. The foundation of all future researches: Franz Boas, George Hunt, Native American texts and the construction of modernity; 9. Conclusion.