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Author Block, David, 1956-

Title Neoliberalism and applied linguistics / David Block, John Gray, Marnie Holborow
Published Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (168 pages)
Contents 1. Introduction / Marnie Holborow -- 2. What is neoliberalism? Discourse, ideology and the real world / Marnie Holborow -- 3. Neoliberal keywords and the contradictions of an ideology / Marnie Holborow -- 4. Economising globalisation and identity in applied linguistics in neoliberal times / David Block -- 5. Neoliberalism, celebrity and àspirational content' in English language teaching textbooks for the global market / John Gray -- 6. The marketisation of language teacher education and neoliberalism: characteristics, consequences and future prospects / David Block
Summary This book explores the links between neoliberalism - a view of the world that puts the market at its centre- from the perspective of applied linguistics. Neoliberalism and Applied Linguistics argues that while applied linguistics has become more interdisciplinary in orientation, it has ignored or downplayed the role of political economy, namely the way in which social, political and economic factors relate to one another within the context of a capitalist economy. The authors take the view that engagement with political economy is central to any fully rounded analysis of language and language-related issues in the world today and their collaboration in this volume represents an initial attempt to redress what they perceive to be an imbalance in the field. The book begins with a discussion of neoliberalism and an analysis of the ways in which neoliberal ideology impacts on language. This is followed by a discussion of how globalization and identity have been conceptualised in applied linguistics in ways which have ignored the political centrality of class - a concept which the authors see as integral to their perspective. The book concludes with an analysis of the ways in which neoliberal ideology plays out in two key areas of applied linguistics - language teaching and language teacher education. Neoliberalism and Applied Linguistics is essential reading for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in Applied Linguistics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Applied linguistics.
Language and languages -- Study and teaching.
Neoliberalism -- Social aspects.
Form Electronic book
Author Gray, John, 1955-
Holborow, Marnie.
ISBN 0203128125 (electronic bk.)
1136466924 (electronic bk.)
9780203128121 (electronic bk.)
9781136466922 (electronic bk.)