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Linguistic JusticeInternational Law and Language Policy$
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Jacqueline Mowbray

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646616

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646616.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Linguistic Justice

Jacqueline Mowbray

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers why questions of language policy have attracted increasing attention in recent times, and discusses how ‘linguistic justice’ has emerged as a central concept within the associated academic literature. It argues for an investigation into the vision of linguistic justice implicit in international law, based on an exploration of the conceptual framework which underpins international law on language policy. It suggests that the work of Pierre Bourdieu offers a suitable methodology for such an investigation, as Bourdieu’s analytical framework provides a means of revealing hidden structures, assumptions, and ideas at work in the social (including legal) world, and how these function to sustain relations of domination and injustice. It introduces Bourdieu’s methodology and explains its potential for analysing international law and linguistic justice.

Keywords:   linguistic justice, international law, language policy, Bourdieu, domination, injustice

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