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ERIC Number: EJ816417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1745-7823
The Construction of Bilingualism in an American Context: Three Levels of Analysis
Hruska, Barbara
Ethnography and Education, v1 n3 p345-364 Sep 2006
This paper represents part of an ethnographic study conducted in a small college town in the northern United States. Based on Fairclough's conceptualization of language as a site of social meaning construction and power struggle, I conduct critical discourse analyses on data collected at broad, mid, and micro level contexts. I demonstrate how contrasting meanings associated with bilingualism have ideological origins and reflect underlying power relations, which are evident in academic research, federal and state legislation and policy, local language programming, and classroom interaction. Revealing how unequal relations of power shape meaning through language creates a conscious awareness, which can lead to emancipation for disempowered populations and has significant implications for challenging discriminatory educational policies and practices and identifying the ways in which language proficiency positions students in schools. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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