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Author Davis, Christina P. (Anthropologist), author
Title The struggle for a multilingual future : youth and education in Sri Lanka / Christina P. Davis
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  LC3737.S72 D38 2020    AVAILABLE    30520020884509
 人文社會聯圖  LC3737.S72 D38 2020    AVAILABLE    30630020135149
Descript xvii, 192 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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Series Oxford studies in the anthropology of language
Oxford studies in the anthropology of language
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-182) and index
The Struggle for a Multilingual Future, Christina Davis examines the tension between ethnic conflict and multilingual education policy in the linguistic and social practices of Sri Lankan minority youth. Facing a legacy of post-independence language and education policies that were among the complex causes of the Sri Lankan civil war (1983-2009), the government has recently sought to promote interethnic integration through trilingual language policies in Sinhala, Tamil, and English in state schools. Integrating ethnographic and linguistic research in and around two schools during the last phase of the war, Davis's research shows how, despite the intention of the reforms, practices on the ground reinforce language-based models of ethnicity and sustain ethnic divisions and power inequalities. By engaging with the actual experiences of Tamil and Muslim youth, Davis demonstrates the difficulties of using language policy to ameliorate ethnic conflict if it does not also address how that conflict is produced and reproduced in everyday talk
Subject Multilingual education -- Sri Lanka
Education and state -- Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka -- Ethnic relations
Tamil (Indic people) -- Education -- Sri Lanka
Muslims -- Education -- Sri Lanka
Education and state. fast (OCoLC)fst00902835
Ethnic relations. fast (OCoLC)fst00916005
Multilingual education. fast (OCoLC)fst01894667
Muslims -- Education. fast (OCoLC)fst01031043
Tamil (Indic people) -- Education. fast (OCoLC)fst01142432
Sri Lanka. fast (OCoLC)fst01208730
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