chapter  1
Introduction: Ethnolinguistic Diversity in Language and Literacy Education
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In an increasingly globalized world, different peoples, languages, ideas, cultural practices, and material goods can be found far from their traditional homes. In fact, many places in the world now have relatively low percentages of indigenous populations. Although some scholars trace globalization processes back many centuries (Frank, 1996), the ethnolinguistic diversity we focus on in this book can be traced to the European colonization of the Americas and, more recently, to migration during the twentieth century. In the United States, this multiplicity of peoples and languages has spread from large cities, which have been diverse since their very beginnings (see, for example, Farr, 2007), to small towns and rural counties throughout the country.