This reader features the most innovative and influential writings that have shaped and defined the relations between language, culture and cultural identity in the twentieth century.
The themed sections include:
1. Structure and Agency in Language - Theorising the Sign; Language in History; Language and Subjectivity; Language and Gender; Language and Sexuality
2. Unity and Diversity in Language - Order and Difference; Language Communities; Englishes; Language and Creativity
3. Languages, Cultures, Communities - Languages/Cultures; Language and Colonialism; Language, Class and Education.
Essays by: Chinua Achebe, Mikhail Bakhtin, Roland Barthes, Basil Bernstein, Leonard Bloomfield, Franz Boas, Pierre Bourdieu, Edward K. Braithwaite, Judith Butler, Deborah Cameron, Helene Cixous, Brian Cox, Benedetto Croce, David Dabydeen, Ferdinand de Saussure, Jacques Derrida, Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Sigmund Freud, Antonio Gramsci, Luce Irigaray, Roman Jacobson, Braj B. Kachru, Julia Kristeva, William Labov, Jacques Lacan, H. L. Mencken, Ngugi wa Thiong'o and many more...