Voices of Modernity Language Ideologies and the Politics of Inequality

ISBN-10: 0521008972
ISBN-13: 9780521008976
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/3/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Language 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 novel 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. Bauman and Briggs demonstrate 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, they suggest new strategies for challenging the undemocratic influence of these voices of modernity.

Introduction
Making language safe for science and society: from Francis Bacon to John Lock
Antiquaries and philologists: the construction of modernity and its others in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England
The critical foundations of national epic: Hugh Blair, the Ossian controversy, and the rhetoric of authenticity
Johann Gottfried Herder: language reform, das Volk, and the patriarchal state in eighteenth-century Germany
The Brothers Grimm: scientizing, textual production in the service of romantic nationalism
Henry Rowe school craft and the making of an American textual tradition
The foundation of all future researches: Franz Boas, George Hunt, Native American texts and the construction of modernity
Conclusion

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