1st Edition

Innovations and Challenges in Applied Linguistics from the Global South

By Alastair Pennycook, Sinfree Makoni Copyright 2020
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    Innovations and Challenges in Applied Linguistics from the Global South provides an original appraisal of the latest innovations and challenges in applied linguistics from the perspective of the Global South. Global South perspectives are encapsulated in struggles for basic, economic, political and social transformation in an inequitable world, and are not confined to the geographical South. Taking a critical perspective on Southern theories, demonstrating why it is important to view the world from Southern perspectives and why such positions must be open to critical investigation, this book:

    • charts the impacts of these theories on approaches to multilingualism, language learning, language in education, literacy and diversity, language rights and language policy;
    • provides broad historical and geographical understandings of the movement towards a Southern perspective and draws on Indigenous and Southern ways of thinking that challenge mainstream viewpoints;
    • seeks to develop alternative understandings of applied linguistics, expand the intellectual repertoires of the discipline, and challenge the complicities between applied linguistics, colonialism, and capitalism.

    Written by two renowned scholars in the field, Innovations and Challenges in Applied Linguistics from the Global South is key reading for advanced students and researchers of applied linguistics, multilingualism, language and education, language policy and planning, and language and identity.

    Series Editor Introduction



    1. Introduction: Gazing from the South

    2. The making of the South in applied linguistics

    3. Southern multilingualisms

    4. Language endangerment, vitality and reclamation

    5. Decolonizing Language in Education

    6. Challenging the Northern Research Gaze

    7. Applied Linguistics from a Southern Perspective




    Alastair Pennycook is Distinguished Professor of Language, Society and Education at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia and Adjunct Professor at MultiLing, Oslo, Norway.

    Sinfree Makoni is Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics and African Studies at Penn State University, USA and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the North West, South Africa.

    "Makoni and Pennycook have done it again! Taking a lens from the epistemologies of the South, the authors disinvent and reconstitute Applied Linguistics. This book makes visible what Makoni and Pennycook call the "darker side of Applied Linguistics," that is, the colonial matrix of power that has delinked language from local social practices. The authors invite us to "think otherwise" with decolonial scholars so as to construct new knowledge and practices."

    Ofelia García, City University of New York, USA

    "I find this newest work by Alastair Pennycook and Sinfree Makoni to be one of the most innovative and very timely additions to the network of publications in applied linguistics. Its focus on inventing an applied linguistics from the Global South is an admirable goal, which is likely to lead to revolutionary breakthroughs, not just in applied linguistics, but also in language and communication studies as a whole. A must-read for scholars and students of applied linguistics wherever based."

    Shi-xu, Hangzhou Normal University, China

    "This book asks us to think otherwise: to decolonize knowledge making, to reinvigorate applied linguistics by challenging the Northern research gaze and embracing epistemologies of the South. It examines the colonial past and the neoliberal present to illuminate how deeply embedded ideologies and colonial cultural imaginaries have shaped the inequalities in global knowledge production. By calling for a Southern applied linguistics, Pennycook and Makoni challenge us to expand our epistemological repertoires, to transform hegemonic understandings of languages and language pedagogies, and to diversify the ways that knowledge flows across the globe."

    Angel M. Y. Lin, Simon Fraser University, Canada

    "Innovations and Challenges in Applied Linguistics from the Global South is full of fresh insights for AL from the Global South. This is a balanced volume that presents both desirable and undesirable aspects. The text is written with care, nuance, and complexities throughout. The book potentially challenges AL’s dominance in the Global North with unpredictable effects (Gallagher, 2008). Therefore, it is a must-read book in the field."

    Ribut Wahyudi, Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang, Indonesia