Show simple item record Ganguly, Sumit Brown, Michael E. 2021-01-15T19:34:32Z 2021-01-15T19:34:32Z 2003
dc.identifier.citation Fighting Words: Language Policies and Ethnic Relations in Asia. Co-edited with Michael E. Brown. Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 2003 en
dc.description.abstract This book is based on three premises. First, ethnic problems are important policy problems. Very few countries are ethnically homogeneous, which means that most countries have to contend with ethnic problems of one kind or another.l These problems often have tremendous political, economic, social, and military consequences. They can disrupt political and economic development in countries that are struggling to advance. When ethnic problems turn violent, countries can be ripped apart, entire regions can be destabilized, and the humanitarian consequences can be staggering. Second, language is an important issue in many ethnic settings. Language is a critical marker for many groups—defining the boundaries of the group and determining membership in the group. In multiethnic settings, language policies have far-reaching effects in the educational, economic, and political arenas. Languages policies are therefore contentious issues in multiethnic countries. Third, although ethnic problems and conflicts are influenced by a wide range of factors, they are shaped to a significant degree by the decisions and policies of political leaders and governments. Government policies must be taken into account if we are to understand the dynamics of ethnic problems and if we are to develop effective responses to these problems. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher M.I.T. Press en
dc.title Introduction: Fighting Words: Language Policies and Ethnic Relations in Asia en
dc.type Book chapter en

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