From bilingual education and racial epithets to gendered pronouns and immigration discourses, language is a central concern in contemporary conversations and controversies surrounding social inequality. Developed as a collaborative effort by members of the American Anthropological Association’s Language and Social Justice Task Force, this innovative volume synthesizes scholarly insights on the relationship between patterns of communication and the creation of more just societies. Using case studies by leading and emergent scholars and practitioners written especially for undergraduate audiences, the book is ideal for introductory courses on social justice in linguistics and anthropology.

chapter |16 pages


Reimagining Language and Social Justice
ByNetta Avineri, Laura R. Graham, Eric J. Johnson, Robin Conley Riner, Jonathan Rosa

part I|44 pages

Language and Race

chapter 1|8 pages

“Never Tell Me How to Say It”

Race, Language Ideologies, and Harm Reduction in Secondary English Classrooms
ByJulia R. Daniels

chapter 2|8 pages

Identifying “Racists” While Ignoring Racism

The Case of the Alleged Slur on George Zimmerman’s 911 Tape
ByAdam Hodges

chapter 3|9 pages

Contesting Representations of Migrant “Illegality” through the Drop the I-Word Campaign

Rethinking Language Change and Social Change
ByJonathan Rosa

chapter 4|8 pages

Communicating and Contesting Islamophobia

ByMariam Durrani

chapter 5|9 pages

Languages of Liberation

Digital Discourses of Emphatic Blackness
ByKrystal A. Smalls

part II|45 pages

Language and Education

chapter 6|9 pages

Issues of Equity in Dual Language Bilingual Education

ByKathryn I. Henderson, Lina Martín-Corredor, Genevieve Caffrey

chapter 7|8 pages

Colorado’s READ Act

A Case Study in Policy Advocacy against Monolingual Normativity
ByKara Mitchell Viesca, Luis E. Poza

chapter 8|8 pages

Dual Language Education as a State Equity Strategy

ByKathryn Lindholm-Leary, Martha I. Martinez, Rosa G. Molina

chapter 9|9 pages

Ubuntu Translanguaging and Social Justice

Negotiating Power and Identity through Multilingual Education in Tanzania
ByMonica Shank Lauwo

chapter 10|9 pages

A Critical Interrogation of the “Language Gap”

ByEric J. Johnson

part III|37 pages

Language and Health

chapter 11|10 pages

Language, Justice, and Rabies

Notes from a Fatal Crossroads
ByCharles L. Briggs

chapter 12|9 pages

Ethics, Expertise, and Inequities in Global Health Discourses

The Case of Non-Profit HIV/AIDS Research in South Africa
BySteven P. Black

chapter 13|8 pages

Interpreting Deaf HIV/AIDS

A Dialogue
ByMark Byrd, Leila Monaghan

chapter 14|9 pages

Language as Health

Healing in Indigenous Communities in Guatemala through the Revitalization of Mayan Languages
ByDavid Flood, Anita Chary, Peter Rohloff, Brent Henderson

part IV|48 pages

Language and Social Activism

chapter 15|10 pages

Mascots, Name Calling, and Racial Slurs

Seeking Social Justice through Audience Coalescence
ByNetta Avineri, Bernard C. Perley

chapter 16|9 pages

The Language of Activism

Representations of Social Justice in a University Space in Argentina
BySuriati Abas, James S. Damico

chapter 17|10 pages

California Latinx Youth as Agents of Sociolinguistic Justice

ByMary Bucholtz, Dolores Inés Casillas, Jin Sook Lee

chapter 18|8 pages

Pronouns and Possibilities

Transgender Language Activism and Reform
ByLal Zimman

chapter 19|9 pages

(De)Occupying Language

ByH. Samy Alim

part V|50 pages

Language, Law, and Policy

chapter 20|13 pages

A’uwẽ-Xavante Represent

Rights and Resistance in Native Language Signage on Brazil’s Federal Highways
ByLaura R. Graham

chapter 21|9 pages

The Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights

ByJoyce Milambiling

chapter 22|9 pages

“Linguistically Isolated”

Challenging the U.S. Census Bureau’s Harmful Classification
ByAna Celia Zentella

chapter 23|9 pages

Immigrants Facing Linguistic Barriers in the U.S. Justice System

Case Studies from North Carolina
ByDominika Baran, Quinn Holmquist

chapter 24|8 pages

Communicating Humanity

How Defense Attorneys Use Mitigation Narratives to Advocate for Clients
ByRobin Conley Riner, Elizabeth S. Vartkessian