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International Review of Education

, Volume 61, Issue 5, pp 705–707 | Cite as

Language, literacy and diversity: Moving words

Christopher Stroud and Mastin Prinsloo (eds). Routledge, New York and Abingdon, 2015, 224 pp. Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism series, vol. 7. ISBN 978-0-415-81905-3 (hbk); 978-0-203-57695-3 (e-book)
  • Alan Rogers
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It is not, I suppose, surprising, in today’s world, with its everlasting news of migration, displacement of peoples and constantly changing coalitions of interests, that in the ongoing tension between stability and change, the theme of change will predominate. The aim of this book is to look at our “shifting uneven world” (p. 187) with its permanent instability (p. 2), to envisage that “mobility is the norm” (p. 188). “Human life … is based on and in movement … Once we make this shift to see mobility – across space and time – as central to human existence, we can see human existence and language from a perspective that renders nonmobility – stasis – as the exception that needs to be explained” (p. 188–9). “Change is the systemand observed stability in the system is a necessarily situated snapshot of a stage in a developmental trajectory [one of the contemporary buzz-words] in which the current state is an outcome of previous ones and a condition for future ones” (p. 2, original...

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of East AngliaNorwichUK

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