Voices of Modernity
Language Ideologies and the Politics of Inequality
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Voices of Modernity by Richard Bauman
Book DescriptionLanguage and tradition have long been relegated to the sidelines as scholars have considered the role of politics, science, technology and economics in the making of the modern world. This reading of over two centuries of philosophy, political theory, anthropology, folklore and history argues that new ways of imagining language and representing supposedly premodern people - the poor, labourers, country folk, non-europeans and women - made political and scientific revolutions possible. The connections between language ideologies, privileged linguistic codes, and political concepts and practices shape the diverse ways we perceive ourselves and others. This 2003 book demonstrates that contemporary efforts to make schemes of social inequality based on race, gender, class and nationality seem compelling and legitimate, rely on deeply-rooted ideas about language and tradition. Showing how critics of modernity unwittingly reproduce these foundational fictions, it suggests strategies for challenging the undemocratic influence of these voices of modernity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521008976
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Bauman
World of Others' Words, Hardback (June 2004)
Presents a series of ethnographic case studies that look at intertextuality as communicative practice. This book presents a perspective on intertextuality: the idea that written and spoken texts speak to one another, for example through genre or allusions.
Voices of Modernity, Hardback (July 2003)
This 2003 book discusses how new ways of thinking about language have uncovered previously 'legitimated' linguistic and social inequalities.
Human Rights in Ancient Rome, Hardback (October 1999)
Investigating the concept of human rights in the Roman world, this text provides comparisons between the Roman and the 20th century understanding of human rights.
Folklore, Cultural Performances and Popular Entertainments, Paperback (January 1992)» View all books by Richard Bauman
This book brings together articles from The International Encyclopedia of Communications in the areas of Folklore, Drama, Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication, Music, and History, with a new introduction and updated bibliographies.
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Author Biography - Richard Bauman
Richard Bauman is Distinguished Professor of Communication and Culture, Folklore, and Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Charles L. Briggs is Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director, Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego.
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