Language, Hegemony and the European Union

Re-examining ‘Unity in Diversity’

Authors: Williams, Glyn, Williams, Gruffudd

  • Engages with hegemony as a dynamic structure that conditions the construction and constitution of the normative order
  • Argues that languages are sustained through the respective hegemonic systems of the state
  • Interdisciplinary approach including perspectives from law, education and governance 
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This book critically examines the European Union’s “Unity in Diversity” mantra with regard to language. It uses a theoretical framework based on hegemony both as a system and as a relationship. Operating within sociolinguistics, the book replaces the notion of ideology in poststructuralist thought with that of hegemony. The authors argue that forging unity across language communities contradicts the tenets of classical liberal theory. Global neo-liberalism influences this orthodoxy, shifting the parameters of power and political control. Over nine chapters, the authors cover topics such as globalization and social change, justice, governance and education. The book will be of interest to sociolinguists, political scientists, sociologists, as well as scholars of language and globalization and European studies.

About the authors

Glyn Williams is a former Ford Foundation Foreign Fellow and was educated at the University of Wales, UK, and the University of California, Berkeley, USA. Prior to retirement he worked at the University of San Francisco, USA, Bangor University, UK, Cardiff University, UK and Ramon Llull University, Spain.  He is author or co-author of thirteen books and more than a hundred academic papers.
Gruffudd Williams is an independent scholar educated at University College, London, UK, and Oxford University, UK. He went on to work at the European Commission in Brussels. He is currently employed in private practice at the London office of an international law firm.

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“This penetrating critique unpacks the ideological and socio-political implications of the EU’s ‘Unity in Diversity’ programme by challenging deep-seated conceptions which underlie the relationship between the EU and the nation state. Characterized by rich conceptual clarity and scholarly reasoning it tells us as much about the why as the how of liberal democracy’s dealings with language-related issues in the fields of education, governance, justice and politics. Ultimately it carries a profound message for the normative interpretation of the citizen as a constructed subject within the discursive context of the state’s and region’s hegemony.” (Colin H. Williams, Professor, Cardiff University, UK)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Language, Hegemony and the European Union
Book Subtitle
Re-examining ‘Unity in Diversity’
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33416-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33416-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33415-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 330
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