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"Saying what happens. Terrorism, language and the world".

Prof. José G. de Castro, SJ, PhD, publishes this chapter in the joint work Políticas lingüísticas onlinguistic processes and their relation to politics, sociology and law

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The book has been published by Editorial Comares.

15 February 2024

Professor of the Faculty of Theology and member of the board of the U. Institute of Spirituality at Comillas, José García de Castro, SJ, PhD, publishes in the joint work Políticas lingüísticas: avances, retrocesos y desafíos (edited by Carmen Valero-Garcés and Nadia Rodríguez. Editorial Comares 2023, ISBN: 9788413696560) his chapter entitled "Saying what happens. Terrorism, language and the world".

Professor José García de Castro Valdés, from the Department of Moral Theology and Praxis of Christian Life, is a PhD in Philology and a recognised expert in Ignatian spirituality.

The following is a summary of the complete work:

With contributions from specialists from universities in Europe, Anglo-Saxon America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, the book Language Policies: Advances, Setbacks and Challenges aims, with its various chapters, to fill a gap in the literature on linguistic processes from a combined perspective of Political Science, Law, Sociology, Anthropology and Translation and Interpreting Studies. This multidisciplinary approach in the age of multilingualism and globalisation alongside discussions on lingua francas and the defence of minority languages is an invitation to reflect on the ways (and meanders) in which languages have intersected with politics. Taking as a starting point the idea that language is fundamental to human nature and culture and a reflection of identity, throughout the different chapters ideas and actions flow and are debated on the repercussion of language policies on the transmission of language and culture; the need to establish language policies that define, officialise and protect official and co-official languages so that peoples can continue to develop as a community; or the influence of these policies as bridges that link culture with its people, their habits and their feelings. Each chapter provides guidelines for action and the book as a whole invites us to stop and think about language policies and their impact on today's different societies, beyond the universal normative frameworks relating to linguistic human rights (Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights (1998), based on respect and difference in order to build a global world.

The book can be purchased by clicking here.

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