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Language Rights and Political Theory

ISBN : 9780199262915

Will Kymlicka; Alan Patten
364 ページ
157 x 233 mm

Disputes over language policy are a persistent feature of the political life of many states around the world. Multilingual countries in the West such as Belgium, Spain, Switzerland and Canada have long histories of conflict over language rights. In many countries in Eastern Europe and the Third World, efforts to construct common institutions and a shared identity have been severely complicated by linguistic diversity. Indigenous languages around the world are in danger of disappearing. Even in the US, where English is widely accepted as the language of public life, the linguistic rights of Spanish-speakers are hotly-contested. Not surprisingly, therefore, political theorists have started to examine questions of language policy, and how they relate to broader issues of democracy, justice and rights. This volume provides the reader with an up-to-date overview of the emerging debates over the role of language rights and linguistic diversity within political theory.


1 Alan Patten and Will Kymlicka: Introduction: Language Rights and Political Theory: Context, Issues, and Approaches
2 Ruth Rubio-Marin: Language Rights: Exploring the Competing Rationales
3 David D. Laitin and Rob Reich: A liberal Democratic Approach to Language Justice
4 Thomas Pogge: Accomodation Rights for Hispanics in teh U.S.
5 Stephen May: Misconceiving Minority Language Rights: Implications for Liberal Political Theory
6 Philippe Van Parijs: linguistic Justice
7 Francois Grin: Diversity as Paradigm, Analytical Device, and Policy Goal
8 Idil Boran: Global Linguistic Diversity, Public Goods, and the Principle of Fairness
9 Michael Blake: Language Death and Liberal Politics
10 Jacob T. Levy: Language Rights, Literacy, and the Modern State
11 Daniel M. Weinstock: The Antinomy of Language Rights
12 Denise G. Reaume: Beyond Personality: The Territorial and Personal Principles of Language Policy Reconsidered
13 Alan Patten: What Kind of Bilingualism?


Will Kymlicka is Queen's National Scholar, Department of Philosophy, Queen's University ; Alan Patten is Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University