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Language policies in multi-ethnic Latin America and the role of education and literacy programmes in the construction of national identity

Language policies in multi-ethnic Latin America and the role of education and literacy programmes in the construction of national identity
Language policies in multi-ethnic Latin America and the role of education and literacy programmes in the construction of national identity
This paper will examine the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the language configuration of Latin America. It will show how this area is inevitably dominated by Spanish-speaking, eurocentric élites, and how this situation can be found in many national constitutions, in education systems and in some literacy programmes. The tensions between Spanish as national ‘unifier’ and attempts at multiethnic expression by those whose mother tongue is one of the many indigenous languages will be highlighted, as well as the pressures to move towards a ‘homogenised’ supra-national Hispanic identity. The predominantly assimilationist policies and the resulting alienation for the marginalised groups will be discussed.
0738-0593
209-219
Mar-Molinero, Clare
07b0f9ce-15ba-443a-896f-708327bb4e0c
Mar-Molinero, Clare
07b0f9ce-15ba-443a-896f-708327bb4e0c

Mar-Molinero, Clare (1995) Language policies in multi-ethnic Latin America and the role of education and literacy programmes in the construction of national identity. International Journal of Educational Development, 15 (3), 209-219. (doi:10.1016/0738-0593(95)00010-Z).

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This paper will examine the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the language configuration of Latin America. It will show how this area is inevitably dominated by Spanish-speaking, eurocentric élites, and how this situation can be found in many national constitutions, in education systems and in some literacy programmes. The tensions between Spanish as national ‘unifier’ and attempts at multiethnic expression by those whose mother tongue is one of the many indigenous languages will be highlighted, as well as the pressures to move towards a ‘homogenised’ supra-national Hispanic identity. The predominantly assimilationist policies and the resulting alienation for the marginalised groups will be discussed.

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Published date: July 1995
Organisations: Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 394052
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/394052
ISSN: 0738-0593
PURE UUID: bbc4b2bd-c51f-48f6-82d8-1d7241dd5760

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Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 19:03

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