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Language and Social Justice in Practice

1st Edition

Edited by Netta Avineri, Laura R. Graham, Eric J. Johnson, Robin Conley Riner, Jonathan Rosa


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From bilingual education and racial epithets to gendered pronouns and immigration discourses, language is a central concern in contemporary conversations and controversies surrounding social inequality. Developed as a collaborative effort by members of the American Anthropological Association’s Language and Social Justice Task Force, this innovative volume synthesizes scholarly insights on the relationship between patterns of communication and the creation of more just societies. Using case studies by leading and emergent scholars and practitioners written especially for undergraduate audiences, the book is ideal for introductory courses on social justice in linguistics and anthropology.


"Finally a book that squarely calls language for what it is––a crucial form of social action. Revolutionary in its approach to language, as well as the ways in which scholarship is developed collaboratively, this book forges new paths for language studies. In providing us with a lens that links language to race discourse, education, health, social activism, and law, the book shows how language operates to limit equitable participation and how it can be used to radically reimagine a world with social justice."

Ofelia García, The City University of New York, USA

"Language and Social Justice in Practice is an inspired collective rebuttal to those—academics and other citizens alike—who would erase or minimize the crucial role of language and communicative practices—in reproducing structural violence and promoting social injustice. In twenty-four hard-hitting chapters, these authors challenge hegemonic concepts and practices like "the language gap," "illegal migrants," "linguistically isolated" families, linguistic colonization, and racial slurs repackaged as Native American mascots. These engaged and activist scholars brightly illuminate a path for transforming academic knowledge about language into political action and social justice.

Paul V. Kroskrity, University of California, USA."

Table of Contents

Language and Social Justice in Practice

Editors: Netta Avineri, Laura R. Graham, Eric J. Johnson, Robin Conley Riner, Jonathan Rosa

Table of Contents


Introduction: Reimagining Language and Social Justice

By Netta Avineri, Laura R. Graham, Eric J. Johnson, Robin Conley Riner, Jonathan Rosa

Section I: Language & Race

Section Introduction and Critical Questions

Chapter 1: “Never Tell Me How to Say It”: Race, Language Ideologies, and Harm Reduction in Secondary English Classrooms

By Julia Daniels

Chapter 2: Identifying “Racists” While Ignoring Racism: The Case of the Alleged Slur on George Zimmerman’s 911 Tape

By Adam Hodges

Chapter 3: Contesting Representations of Migrant “Illegality” through the Drop the I-Word Campaign: Rethinking Language Change and Social Change

By Jonathan Rosa

Chapter 4: Communicating and Contesting Islamophobia

By Mariam Durrani

Chapter 5: Languages of Liberation: Digital Discourses of Emphatic Blackness

By Krystal Smalls

Section II: Language & Education

Section Introduction and Critical Questions

Chapter 6: Issues of Equity in Dual Language Bilingual Education

By Kathryn Henderson, Lina Martín-Corredor, & Genevieve Caffrey

Chapter 7: Colorado’s READ Act: A Case Study in Policy Advocacy against Monolingual Normativity

By Kara Mitchell Viesca & Luis Poza

Chapter 8: Dual Language Education as a State Equity Strategy

By Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Martha Martinez, & Rosa Molina

Chapter 9: Ubuntu Translanguaging and Social Justice: Negotiating Power and Identity through Multilingual Education in Tanzania

By Monica Shank

Chapter 10:

A Critical Interrogation of the “Language Gap”

By Eric Johnson

Section III: Language and Health

Section Introduction and Critical Questions

Chapter 11: Language, Justice, and Rabies: Notes from a Fatal Crossroads

By Charles Briggs

Chapter 12: Ethics, Expertise, and Inequities in Global Health Discourses: The Case of Non-Profit HIV/AIDS Research in South Africa

By Steven Black

Chapter 13: Interpreting Deaf HIV/AIDS: A Dialogue

By Mark Byrd & Leila Monaghan

Chapter 14: Language as Health: Healing in Indigenous Communities in Guatemala through the Revitalization of Mayan Languages

By David Flood, Anita Chary, Peter Rohloff, & Brent Henderson

Section IV: Language & Social Activism

Section Introduction and Critical Questions

Chapter 15: Mascots, Name Calling, and Racial Slurs: Seeking Social Justice through Audience Coalescence

By Netta Avineri & Bernard Perley

Chapter 16: The Language of Activism: Representations of Social Justice in a University Space in Argentina

By Suriati Abas & James Damico

Chapter 17: California Latinx Youth as Agents of Sociolinguistic Justice

By Mary Bucholtz, Dolores Inés Casillas, & Jin Sook Lee

Chapter 18: Pronouns and Possibilities: Transgender Language Activism and Reform

By Lal Zimman

Chapter 19: (De)Occupying Language

H. Samy Alim

Section V: Language, Law, & Policy

Section Introduction and Critical Questions

Chapter 20: A’uwẽ-Xavante Represent: Rights and Resistance in Native Language Signage on Brazil’s Federal Highways

By Laura R. Graham

Chapter 21: The Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights

By Joyce Milambiling

Chapter 22: “Linguistically Isolated”: Challenging the U.S. Census Bureau’s Harmful Classification

By Ana Celia Zentella

Chapter 23: Immigrants Facing Linguistic Barriers in the U.S. Justice System: Case Studies from North Carolina

By Dominika Baran & Quinn Holmquist

Chapter 24: Communicating Humanity: How Defense Attorneys Use Mitigation Narratives to Advocate for Clients

By Robin Conley Riner & Elizabeth Vartkessian

About the Editors

Netta Avineri is Associate Professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/Teaching Foreign Language (TESOL/TFL) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Laura R. Graham is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iowa. She served as Chair of the American Anthropological Association’s Committee on Human Rights and is founding Chair of the Association’s Committee on Language and Social Justice.

Eric J. Johnson is Associate Professor of Bilingual/ESL Education at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Robin Conley Riner is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Marshall University.

Jonathan Rosa is Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and, by courtesy, Departments of Anthropology and Linguistics, at Stanford University.

Subject Categories

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