The politics of language scholarship: There are no truly global concerns

Harshana Rambukwella

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Some key categories in the study of language and society - such as the notion of identity and the very notion of language itself - have come under critical scrutiny with the rise of concepts such as translanguaging. While acknowledging the epistemological and political necessity of this critique I caution against the conflation of concepts with social realities. At the same time, I argue for a critical practice that does not subsume the local in favor of global theoretical trends, which can result from conceptual reification occurring due to an insidious nexus between neo-liberal forces and global inequalities in knowledge production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-257
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of the Sociology of Language
Issue number267-268
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021


  • global
  • knowledge production
  • local
  • politics
  • social reality
  • sociolinguistics
  • translanguaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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