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The problem of ‘choice’ and the construction of the demand for English in Cambodia

Clayton, Stephen (2008) The problem of ‘choice’ and the construction of the demand for English in Cambodia. Language Policy, 7 (2). pp. 143-164. ISSN 1573-1863 (Online); 1568-4555 (Print)

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Abstract

This paper uses Cambodia as a case study to problematise the notion of choice in the spread of English. I explore specific historical contexts which were central to the construction of the demand for English and English language teaching (ELT) in Cambodia. The actions of a range of external agencies resulted in the close discursive articulation of English with Cambodia’s ‘reconstruction and development’ which was constructed along broadly neo-liberal lines. Alternative models of development were not considered, thus language alternatives were similarly ignored. One language alternative, a programme of mass literacy, was completely ignored, leaving the majority of Cambodians functionally illiterate. I conclude by arguing that the use of ‘choice’ in language choice theories as a form of agency often masks the fact that choice is a marker of socio-economic and political privilege.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Published online: 7 May 2008. Issue: June, 2008. Title page added by Research Archive team.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cambodia; development and reconstruction; English; ELT; international aid; language choice; language policy; language spread theories
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments, Research Centres and Related Units:Academic Faculties, Institutes and Research Centres > Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies > School of Sociology and Social Policy
DOI:10.1007/s10993-008-9084-9
Publisher's Statement:© Springer Science +Business Media B.V. 2008. This article was first published in Clayton, Stephen (2008) The problem of ‘choice’ and the construction of the demand for English in Cambodia. Language Policy, 7 (2), pp. 143-164. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10993-008-9084-9 . The final publication is available at www.springerlink.com.
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Refereed:Yes
Status:Published
ID Code:1045
Deposited On:24 Jan 2011 14:43
Last Modified:21 Jun 2012 17:01

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