Our latest books on Indigenous Education

The Education of Indigenous Citizens in Latin AmericaLast month we published The Education of Indigenous Citizens in Latin America edited by Regina Cortina. This book examines the development of intercultural bilingual education throughout Latin America. It assesses the challenges of implementing this educational practice in places where Indigenous peoples have struggled to preserve their cultural practices in the face of colonialism and forced assimilation.

Judy Kalman from Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados del IPN in Mexico City calls the book “A must-read for scholars, students, and others interested in issues of social justice.” The book features the voices of practitioners from the region, including Indigenous scholars, policy makers and educators.

A year ago we published Teresa L. McCarty’s book Language Planning and Policy in Native America which explored language education for the Indigenous people of Native America. The book examines similar themes to that of Cortina’s in that it looks at the imposition of colonial language policies which challenge community-driven efforts to revitalize threatened mother tongues.

Tiffany S. Lee from the University of New Mexico calls McCarty’s work “an insightful, thoroughly investigated, and critical examination of the complexities of Native American language rights and change.”

Youth Culture, Language Endangerment and Linguistic SurvivanceRevitalising Indigenous LanguagesIf you are interested in these topics you might also like some of our other titles such as Youth Culture, Language Endangerment and Linguistic Survivance by Leisy Thornton Wyman and Revitalising Indigenous Languages by Marja-Liisa Olthuis, Suvi Kivelä and Tove Skutnabb-Kangas.

Language Research from the Nordic Region

We publish books based on research from all over the world, from Australia to Estonia, Mozambique to Canada but recently we have published several books stemming from studies from the Nordic region. This month we’ve published Literacy Practices in Transition: Perspectives from the Nordic Countries edited by Anne Pitkänen-Huhta and Lars Holm. This book brings together Nordic researchers working on different aspects of literacy, multilingualism and the changing living and learning environments, and initiates and promotes critical research on literacy practices in the Nordic countries. The book challenges the current practice of standardising language and literacy education and calls for the development of language and literacy policies to be tailored to the needs of the individuals involved. Leena Helavaara Robertson of Middlesex University, UK calls the book “an essential read” and “an innovative book.” The book is being launched next week at the University of Jyväskylä.

Revitalising Indigenous LanguagesIn February 2013 we are also publishing Revitalising Indigenous Languages: How to Recreate a Lost Generation by Marja-Liisa Olthuis, Suvi Kivelä and Tove Skutnabb-Kangas. This volume explores the Indigenous Aanaar Saami language (which has around 350 speakers) and cultural revitalisation in Finland. The book gives practical examples and a theoretical frame of reference for how to plan, organise and implement an intensive language programme. It is due to be published to coincide with the Sami National Day on 6th February 2013.

In the past few years we have also published the following books related to the Nordic region:

You can find further details about all these titles on our website or email us at: info@multilingual-matters.com.