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Language, Society and Political Economy


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This series aims to publish broadly accessible monographs which directly address how theoretical frameworks in political economy can directly inform the critical analysis and discussion of language in society issues. Contributions to the series include extensive theoretical background, dealing with an aspect or area of political economy, before moving to an application of this theoretical discussion to a particular language in society issue. The series takes up the challenge of interdisciplinarity, linking scholarship in the social sciences in general (and political economy in particular) with the kinds of issues which language in society researchers have traditionally focused on. The series also aims to publish books by authors whose ideas fall outside the mainstream of language in society scholarship and by authors in parts of the world which have traditionally been underrepresented in relevant international journals and book series.

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Global English and Political Economy

Global English and Political Economy

1st Edition

By John P. O'Regan
April 20, 2021

In this book, John O’Regan examines the role of political economy in the worldwide spread of English and traces the origins and development of the dominance of English to the endless accumulation of capital in a capitalist world-system. O’Regan combines Marxist perspectives of capital accumulation ...

The Commodification of Language Conceptual Concerns and Empirical Manifestations

The Commodification of Language: Conceptual Concerns and Empirical Manifestations

1st Edition

Edited By John E. Petrovic, Bedrettin Yazan
April 16, 2021

This volume seeks to add to our understanding of how language is constructed in late capitalist societies. Exploring the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of the so-called "commodification of language" and its relationship to the notion of linguistic capital, the authors examine recent ...

Language and Neoliberal Governmentality

Language and Neoliberal Governmentality

1st Edition

Edited By Luisa Martín Rojo, Alfonso Del Percio
June 25, 2019

Against a background of the ongoing crisis of global capitalism and the fracturing of the neoliberal project, this book provides a detailed account of the ways in which language is profoundly imbricated in the neoliberalising of the fabric of social life. With chapters from a cast list of ...

Language Textbooks in the era of Neoliberalism

Language Textbooks in the era of Neoliberalism

1st Edition

By Pau Bori
February 20, 2018

This book examines how neoliberalism finds expression in foreign language textbooks. Moving beyond the usual focus on English, Pau Bori explores the impact of neoliberal ideology on Catalan textbooks. By comparing Catalan textbooks to English textbooks, this book interrogates the similarities and ...

The Discourses of Capitalism Everyday Economists and the Production of Common Sense

The Discourses of Capitalism: Everyday Economists and the Production of Common Sense

1st Edition

By Christian W. Chun
April 06, 2017

Since the global economic crisis of 2007–2008, ‘capitalism’ has been the topic of widespread general discussion in both mainstream and social media. In this book, Christian W. Chun examines the discourses of capitalism taken up by people in their responses to a street art installation created by ...

Language and Neoliberalism

Language and Neoliberalism

1st Edition

By Marnie Holborow
March 02, 2015

Language and Neoliberalism examines the ways in which neoliberalism, or the ideology of market rule, finds expression in language. In this groundbreaking original study, Holborow shows at once the misleading character of ideological meaning and the underlying social reality from which that meaning ...

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