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Language Politics of Regional Integration

Cases from the Americas

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Michael A. Morris
    Pages 1-40
  3. Michael A. Morris
    Pages 89-119
  4. Michael A. Morris
    Pages 121-154
  5. Michael A. Morris
    Pages 155-178
  6. Michael A. Morris
    Pages 179-193
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 195-214

About this book


Language policies are politically sensitive in impacting, either positively or negatively, language choice, language prestige, and language spread. Rising regional integration, both formal and informal, adds to the sensitivity and complexity of language politics, whether in North America, South America or Europe. Language Politics of Regional Integration: Cases from the Americas shows how language politics vary across the region and contrast with language politics in Europe. Morris presents a framework for systematically comparing selected cases from the Americas by distinguishing between eight different dimensions of language politics. These are then applied to case studies of Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The book concludes by identifying in each case particularly divisive issues as well as opportunities for promoting reconciliation.


area complexity cultural policy culture desegregation Europe international relations policy political history political science political theory politics public policy social science sociology

About the authors

Michael A. Morris is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Clemson University, USA, and a visiting professor at Kennesaw State University, USA. His awards include two Fulbright professorships (Britain and Chile). Dr. Morris is the author of five books, the editor of over a dozen journal issues and books, and the author of numerous articles in journals and books.

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“The general framework for the text is an analysis of how language and politics interact in a world of ever-increasing globalization. … Various charts and tables throughout the text help illustrate important points. The text is neatly organized into seven chapters, and the writing style is relatively straightforward. … Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and faculty.” (K. C. Williams, Choice, Vol. 54 (1), September, 2016)