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Review 'Raciolinguistics is an essential, must-read for scholars of race, ethnicity, and culture. Building upon Alim & Smitherman's groundbreaking Articulate While Black, Alim et al. continue the paradigm shift in linguistics to 'race language' and 'language race.' The brilliant, and most important, thing about this book is that it presents illuminating, path-breaking analyses that remind us that we ignore the critical role of language at our own peril. Raciolinguistics will undoubtedly become an indispensible contribution to all fields interested in race and ethnicity-and to the broader conversation on race in these 'hyperracial' times.' --Michael Eric Dyson, University Distinguished Professor of Sociology, and author of Debating Race 'This book represents a raciolinguistic revolution by boldly, brilliantly, and unapologetically demonstrating the inextricability of language and race in all domains of social life, from politics and education to media and popular culture. Alim et. al. have produced a cutting-edge collection of rigorous scholarship representing a quantum leap forward in theorizing language and race in sociolinguistics and race/ethnic studies. Whereas 'race' has traditionally been forwarded as a 'social construction,' Raciolinguistics makes it plain that this 'social construction' is a sociolinguistic one. This book is both a necessary intervention and a ground-breaking intellectual contribution.' --Geneva Smitherman, University Distinguished Professor Emerita, Michigan State University 'Raciolinguistics boldly challenges long-held beliefs about the nature of race and language-and their interconnectedness. By 'racing language' and 'languaging race,' the authors invite new perspectives, challenge orthodoxy, and push all of us to expand our analyses of the social world. Given its global, international reach, this is an agenda-setting book. It not only offers an epistemic rupture from traditional studies of language and race, but it also provides a critically important and much-needed research base for language and education policy makers struggling to create more inclusive, democratic, and just societies in the U.S. and elsewhere.' --Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Distinguished Professor in Urban Education, University of Wisconsin Read more About the Author H. Samy Alim is Professor of Education and, by courtesy, Anthropology and Linguistics at Stanford University, where he directs the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language (CREAL), the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA), and African & African American Studies (AAAS). His most recent book, Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. (2012, with Geneva Smitherman), addresses language and racial politics through an examination of President Barack Obama's language use-and America's response to it. Other books include Street Conscious Rap (1999), You Know My Steez (2004), Roc the Mic Right (2006), Tha Global Cipha (2006), Talkin Black Talk (2007), and Global Linguistic Flows (2009). His forthcoming volume, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies, will appear in 2017 (with Django Paris, Teachers College Press).John R. Rickford is the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Linguistics and the Humanities at Stanford University and the current President of the Linguistic Society of America. His most recent books include Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English (co-authored, 2000, winner of an American Book Award), Style and Sociolinguistic Variation (co-edited, 2001), Language in the USA: Themes for the Twenty-First Century (co-edited, 2004), Language, Culture and Caribbean Identity (co-edited, 2012) and African American, Creole and Other Vernacular Englishes: A Bibliographic Resource (co-authored, 2012). Arnetha F. Ball is a Professor in the Stanford Graduate School of Education and former President of the American Educational Research Association. She is author of Multicultural Strategies for Education and Social Change: Carriers of the Torch in the U.S. and South Africa (2006) and co-editor of several volumes including Bahktinian Perspectives on Language, Literacy, and Learning (2004), African American Literacies Unleashed: Vernacular English and the Composition Classroom (2005), the NSSE volume With More Deliberate Speed (2006) and Studying Diversity in Teacher Education (2011). Read more