MIT21A_226F09_q18 - Nov 9 2009 STUDY QUESTIONS ON...

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Nov. 9, 2009 STUDY QUESTIONS ON STAVENHAGEN, WHITELEY, LINKE, HILL 1. Stavenhagen and Whiteley present somewhat opposing arguments regarding language rights. Discuss. 2. “An ethnic community without a language is a dying community” (Stavenhagen p. 41). Defend this statement. Oppose it. 3. Stavenhagen says that in most countries, indigenous languages are not given legal recognition, are not used in official administrative and judicial dealings, and are not taught in schools. Argue in favor of extending the state’s recognition of the languages spoken within its borders in these manners. Argue against such legislative and policy changes. 4. Should language rights be considered human rights? What does Stavenhagen say? What does Whiteley say? Who do you agree with more? 5. Why would indigenous organizations refuse to allow the communities they represent to be categorized among “ethnic minorities”? (Stavenhagen p. 42). 6. What is your position vis à vis bilingual education in both Spanish and English? 7. Whitely says that the ideology of language rights is “logocentric and presumes a democratic, secular space of language use” (p. 712).
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2.158 taught by Professor Ericajames during the Spring '03 term at MIT.

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MIT21A_226F09_q18 - Nov 9 2009 STUDY QUESTIONS ON...

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