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China's Assimilationist Language Policy by Gerard A. Postiglione, Gulbahar H. Beckett

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11    From neo-liberal ideology tocritical sustainability theoryfor language policy studiesin the PRC

Seonaigh MacPherson

Introduction

The United Nations’ (1987) Brundtland Report, Our Common Future, redefined ‘sustainable development’ as an international standard in development policy and policy studies. Since then, researchers across the social and biological sciences have amassed studies positively correlating biological, linguistic, and cultural diversity, loss, extinction, survival, and sustainability (Harmon, 1996; Harmon & Loh, 2009a, 2009b; Maffi, 2001; Nettle & Romaine, 2000). These findings offer incontrovertible evidence of a rapid, correlated decline in biological and social (i.e., cultural and linguistic) dimensions of diversity ...

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