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Language Textbooks in the era of Neoliberalism

1st Edition

By Pau Bori


196 pages

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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 differences between a minor and a global language in the age of neoliberalism. Drawing on insights from critical theory and critical pedagogy, this study provides a fresh perspective on foreign language textbooks and second language education more broadly. Language Textbooks in the Era of Neoliberalism paves the way for new critical perspectives in language education that will challenge the current hegemony of neoliberalism.


This is a sobering book to read. One of Bori’s aims is ‘to awaken

awareness among the educational and academic communities about the

necessity to look critically at textbooks from a political and economic

perspective’ (p. 162). The book has a lot to say to materials developers, to

make us question what we are portraying and the possible consequences.

- Kathleen Graves, ELT Journal (Volume 73/3 July 2019)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1, Introduction

Chapter 2, A Short History of Foreign Language Education in Europe

Chapter 3, Critical Research on Language Textbooks

Chapter 4, Analyzing Textbooks from a Political Economy Perspective

Chapter 5, The Catalan Context

Chapter 6, Social Class in Textbooks

Chapter 7, The World of Work: Constructing an Entrepreneurial Identity

Chapter 8, The World of Housing: Creating a Neoliberal Fairytale

Chapter 9, Conclusions



About the Author/Editor

Pau Bori is Lecturer in Catalan Studies at the University of Belgrade. He is interested in language education and language teaching materials, examining both from a political economy perspective. He has published papers in various journals and contributed chapters to books of collected articles.

About the Series

Language, Society and Political Economy

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics