Language policies in multi-ethnic Latin America and the role of education and literacy programmes in the construction of national identity
International Journal of Educational Development Volume 15, Number 3 ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This paper will examine the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the language configuration of Latin America. It will show how this area is inevitably dominated by Spanish-speaking, eurocentric élites, and how this situation can be found in many national constitutions, in education systems and in some literacy programmes. The tensions between Spanish as national ‘unifier’ and attempts at multiethnic expression by those whose mother tongue is one of the many indigenous languages will be highlighted, as well as the pressures to move towards a ‘homogenised’ supra-national Hispanic identity. The predominantly assimilationist policies and the resulting alienation for the marginalised groups will be discussed.
Mar-Molinero, C. Language policies in multi-ethnic Latin America and the role of education and literacy programmes in the construction of national identity. International Journal of Educational Development, 15(3), 209-219. Elsevier Ltd.