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On Language, Democracy, and Social Justice

Noam Chomsky’s Critical Intervention- Foreword by Peter McLaren- Afterword by Pepi Leistyna


Pierre W. Orelus and Noam Chomsky

Every century has witnessed the birth of a few world-transcending intellectuals as well as talented emerging scholars. Noam Chomsky and Pierre W. Orelus are no exception. Using dialogues exchanged over the course of nine years, combined with heartfelt critical essays, Chomsky and Orelus analytically examine social justice issues, such as unbalanced relationships between dominant and subjugated languages, democratic schooling, neoliberalism, colonization, and the harmful effect of Western globalization on developing countries, particularly on the poor living in those countries. On Language, Democracy, and Social Justice offers a unique perspective on these issues. Educators and scholar-activists interested in challenging the long-standing status quo to inspire transformative social, educational, and political change must read this book.
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8 Re-Envisioning Social Justice


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Re-Envisioning Social Justice

Noam Chomsky and Pierre Orelus in Dialogue

Context of Dialogue

In this dialogue, Pierre Wilbert Orelus takes part in a heartfelt and politically engaged conversation with Noam Chomsky revolving around social justice, as broadly conceived. Chomsky begins by talking about the manner in which his work for the last several decades has been centered on social justice issues. He then goes on to denounce the abuse and exploitation of poor countries by powerful Western countries. In this dialogue Orelus and Chomsky explore a wide range of issues, including the negative effects of U.S. imperialism and the Western form of globalization on the poor living in Third World countries. Also central to this dialogue is their analysis of the violation of language rights of historically marginalized groups in different parts of the world, such as the Turks in Turkey, poor Haitians in Haiti, and Latino/as in the United States.

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