The Politics of Language in International Education

Our initial Call for this special issue on The Politics of Language cast a wide net over connected fields of linguistics, cultural studies, human rights, intercultural communications, and language pedagogy. We received numerous thoughtful inquiries resulting in this final presentation of review essays and book synopses from nine different authors, all of them new contributors to the GSLR.

Our Call posed the challenge of moving beyond the more practical treatments of language typical within international education. We asked reviewers to question notions of interpretation, meaning, and identity within intercultural settings, but also within the structures of international education as a field of inquiry. Ultimately, we asked reviewers to explore how language influences our perspectives on the world and thus our abilities to understand these diverse perspectives.

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