The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language, Paperback

The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language Paperback

Part of the Language in Social Life series


Covering a wide range of areas including international politics, colonial history, critical pedagogy, postcolonial literature and applied linguitics, this book examines ways to understand the cultural and political implications of the global spread of English. Firstly, it explores how a particular view of English as an international language has come into being by examining its colonial origins, its connections to linguistics and applied linguistics, and its relationships to the global spread of teaching practices.

It then offers an alternative, critical understanding through the concept of the 'worldliness' of English.

This concept suggests that English can never be removed from the social, cultural, economic or political contexts in which it is used.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 376 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Philosophy of language
  • ISBN: 9780582234727



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