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Language, Race, and Power in Schools

A Critical Discourse Analysis, 1st Edition

Edited by Pierre W. Orelus


204 pages

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In this edited collection, authors from various academic, cultural, racial, linguistic, and personal backgrounds use critical discourse analysis as a conceptual framework and method to examine social inequities, identity issues, and linguistic discrimination faced by historically oppressed groups in schools and society. Language, Race, and Power in Schools unravels the ways and degrees to which these groups have faced and resisted oppression, and draws on critical discourse analysis to examine how multiple forms of oppression intersect. This volume interrogates areas of discrimination and injustice and discusses possibilities of developing coalitions and concerted efforts across the lines of diversity.


"Dear reader, let Pierre W. Orelus’ enticing edited collection, Language, Race, and Power in Schools: A Critical Discourse Analysis, be not just training for the mind, but an invitation for you to collect your thoughts, begin to build your own theories and coalitions, and prepare yourself for action and collaboration."

-- James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies and Regent’s Professor, Arizona State University

"This book provides a multi-perspectival account of power, race, and discourse in educational contexts. Multilingual and multicultural scholars bring their lived experiences into dialogue with the conceptual, methodological, and interventionist tools of critical discourse analysis. The threads of continuity across the chapters will provide readers with the ideas, tools, and hope to intervene for social justice in educational institutions."

-Rebecca Rogers, Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Pierre W. Orelus 2. From East City Gate to the East of the Pacific: My Pedagogical Journey through Critical Discourse Analysis Lihua Zhang 3. Emancipatory Discourses on Ideology, Power and the Media: A Critical Discourse AnalysisSusana Ríos 4. Toward Emancipation: Critical Discourse at work in a Composition ClassroomDebasmita Roychowdhury 5. Discourse as a Pilgrimage: The Past of My Memories and the Future of My Hopes Paulo A. Oemig 6. Teaching and Learning in the Diaspora: A Transformative PedagogyDonna-Marie Cole-Malott 7. The Learner, the Teacher and the Classroom Community: Building Safe Spaces for Emotional Sharing Karen R. Trujillo 8. Teacher, Learner & Cultural Crosser: A critical reflection on the construction of my identity Giselle Martinez 9. Comparative Discourse Analysis: Lenses Concerning English Ownership for AfricansLoretta H. Wideman 10. Accentism Exposed: An anti-colonial analysis of accent discriminationPierre W. Orelus 11. We Are the Stories We Share: A Critical Discourse Analysis And A Transformational Process Nancy Wasser, Romina Pacheco, and Veronica Gallegos 12. Comparative Discourse Analysis: Dichotomous Reality from a Polish Immigrant’s PerspectiveEwa Krawczyk 13. Emergent Bilinguals in the CurriculumAdriana Goenaga Ruiz de Zuazu

About the Editor

Pierre W. Orelus is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, New Mexico State University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

Will Bateman: [email protected] – Editor, UK and Rest of World

Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

Vilija Stephens: [email protected] – Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Language Experience Approach
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Language Arts