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ERIC Number: EJ815016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1931-3152
The Triumph of the Industrial-Consumer Paradigm and English as the Global Language
Spring, Joel
International Multilingual Research Journal, v1 n2 p61-78 Aug 2007
This article considers the role of English as the global language within the industrial-consumer paradigm. In the 21st century, the English language plays a different function in the global economy than it did during the 19th century when it was used as an instrument of cultural imperialism. Today, English serves as a vehicle for participation in the global economy. It is now chosen as a language to learn rather than it being imposed by outside forces. Also, it is often adapted to local linguistic traditions creating a world of "Englishes." The author traces the trends of English within the industrial-consumer paradigm and concludes by suggesting the biospheric paradigm offered by progressive educators as a possible alternative model to the current educational security state. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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