Advanced Ethnography and Language Policy
This course combines critical policy analysis, theory, and research methodology. We will examine language policy as a sociocultural process in which both official and tacit social practices normalize some languages and varieties and marginalize others. Using ethnographically informed case studies, we will analyze the following language policy issues: Indigenous/heritage language loss, revitalization, and maintenance; English-only and bilingual education; linguistic human rights; "race," class/caste, and linguistic difference; home, community, and school literacy practices and policies; and the impacts of standardization and globalization on cultural and linguistic diversity. The course also provides the opportunity to explore these research methods: critical-ethnographic case studies, oral history, classroom ethnography, interviews, narrative, and critical document analysis.