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Shallow Equality and Symbolic Jurisprudence in Multilingual Legal Orders

Janny H.C. Leung


This book offers a critical perspective to the proliferation of official multilingualism in the contemporary world. Through diachronic and synchronic comparisons, it shows that official multilingualism has become a norm in the political management of linguistic diversity, but actual practices vary according to sociohistorical contexts and current power dynamics. It explains such convergences and divergences using a theory of symbolic jurisprudence, which posits that official language law has served chiefly as a discursive resource for a range of political and economic functions, such as ensuri ... More

Keywords: law, equality, multilingualism, official language, national language, official multilingualism, legal multilingualism, symbolic jurisprudence, shallow equality, strategic pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190210335
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190210335.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janny H.C. Leung, author
Associate Professor of English and Programme Director of BA & LLB (Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies), The University of Hong Kong