2nd Edition

Critical Applied Linguistics
A Critical Re-Introduction

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ISBN 9780367547776
June 29, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in its second edition, this accessible guide and introduction to critical applied linguistics provides a clear overview of the problems, debates, and competing views in language education, literacy, discourse analysis, language in the workplace, translation and other language-related domains. Covering both critical theory and domains of practice, the book is organized around five themes: the politics of knowledge, the politics of language, the politics of texts, the politics of pedagogy, and the politics of difference.

Recognizing that a changing world requires new ways of thinking, and that many approaches have watered down over time, the new edition applies a sharp, fresh look at established and new intellectual frameworks. The second edition is comprehensively updated with fresh research throughout and features new discussions of colonialism, queer theory, race and gender, translanguaging, and posthumanism. With a critical focus on the role of applied linguists, Pennycook emphasizes the importance of a situated, collaborative perspective that takes the discussion away from questions of implementation, and insists instead that critical applied linguistics has to be an emergent program from the contexts in which it works.

This landmark text is essential reading for students and researchers of applied linguistics, multilingualism, language and education, TESOL, and language and identity.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Decolonizing Critical Applied Linguistics by Sinfree Makoni



1 Introducing Critical Applied Linguistics

2 The Politics of Knowledge

3 The Politics of Language

4 The Politics of Difference

5 The Politics of Text

6 The Politics of Language Pedagogy

7 Doing critical Applied Linguistics


Author Index

Subject Index

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Alastair Pennycook is Professor Emeritus of Language, Society and Education in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.