Against Accentism in Schools and Society
Routledge – 2015 – 152 pages
Drawing on the scholarly work of sociocultural and postcolonial theorists and testimonios collected from study participants, this book explores accentism, the systemic form of discrimination against people speaking with an accent deviating from the socially constructed standard accent. Orelus examines the manner in which accents are acquired and the effects of such acquisition on the learning and educational experiences of linguistically and culturally diverse students. He goes on to demonstrate the ways and the degree to which factors such as race, class, and country of origin are connected with nonstandard accent-based discrimination. Finally, this book proposes alternative ways to challenge and counter the accentism that minority groups, including linguistically and culturally diverse students, have faced in schools and in society at large.
"This book is an excellent contribution, especially because Orelus generates new language and conceptual knowledge, such as accentism and linguoelitism, to address, speak of, and write about language discrimination in ways that will be very useful to educators and scholars in many fields and disciplines." -- Luis Urrieta, Jr., University of Texas at Austin, USA
Introduction 1. Accentism No More! Toward a Multilingual Society and Democratic Schooling 2. Accentism and Linguoelitism: An Anti-Colonial and Historical Analysis of Linguistic Domination 3. Accentism and Linguoimperialism: Twins of Inequity 4. Testimonios on Accentism: A Critical Discourse Analysis 5. Beyond Accentism: Equal Respect for All Accents and Languages
Pierre Wilbert Orelus is Assistant Professor in the College of Education, New Mexico State University, USA.