Globalization, Language, and Literacy


Readings for University Level Courses

Agger, B. (2006). Critical social theories: An introduction. Second edition. New York: Paradigm Publishers.

Amin, S. (2000). The political economy of the twentieth century. Monthly Review, 52(2). Retrieved from

Baert, P. (1998). Social theory in the twentieth century. New York: New York University Press.

Brock-Utne, B. & Hopson, K. (2000). Languages of instruction for African emancipation. Mkuki Na Nyota Publishers

Brecher, J., Costello, T., & Smith, B. (2000). Globalization from below: The power of solidarity. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.

Cha-Jua, S. K. & Lang, C. (1999). Strategies for Black liberation in the era of globalism: Retronoveau civil rights, militant Black conservatism, and radicalism. The Black Scholar, 29(4), 25 – 47.

Crawford, J. (1997-2010). Language policy website emporium. Retrieved from

Freire, P. (2000). Education for critical consciousness. New York: Continuum.
Freire, P. & Macedo, D. (1987). Literacy: Reading the word and the world. Westport, CT: Bergen & Garvey.

Harry, B., Kalyanpur, M.,  & Day, M. (1999). Building cultural reciprocity with families: Case studies in special education. Baltimore, MD:  Paul H. Brookes Publishing.

Howe, T.  J. (2008).  The ICF contextual factors related to speech-language pathology. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 10(1-2), 27 – 37.
Hyter, Y. D. (2008, January 22). Considering conceptual frameworks in communication sciences and disorders. The ASHA Leader. Available from
Lustig, M. & Koester, J. (2009). Intercultural competence: Interpersonal communication across cultures. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Lynch, E. W., & Hanson, M. J. (2004). Developing cross-cultural competence: A guide for working with children and their families. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing

Massey, D. (2008). When theory meets politics. Antipode, 40, 492 – 497.

Neuman, W. L.  (2011). Social research methods: Quantitative and qualitative approaches. 7th edition. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon

Netting, E., Kettner, P., & McMurtry, S. (2007). Social work macro practice. 4th edition.  Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon

Santiago, W. F., Hyter, Y. D., & Salo, K. (2009). Criteria for comparison of the main themes of the cultural connections curriculum development project. Unpublished document.

Steger, M. (2003). Globalization: A very short introduction. Cambridge University Press.

Srivastava, R. (2007). The healthcare professional’s guide to clinical cultural competence.  Canada: Elsevier

Threats, T. T. (2010). The complexity of social/cultural dimension in communication disorders. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopedica, 10(62), 158 – 165.

Ting-Toomey, S. & Chung, L. C. (2005). Understanding intercultural communication. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Trudell, B. (2010). Distinction, integration and identify: Motivations for local language literacy in Senegalese communities. International Journal of Educational Development, 30, 121- 129.

Westby, C. E. (2004).  21st century literacy for a diverse world. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopedia, 56(4), 254 – 271.

Wierzbicka, A. (1997). Understanding cultures through their key words. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Films for Discussion

Black, S. (Producer & Director). (2001). Life and Debt. [Motion picture]. United States: Tuff Gong Pictures Production. 

Robin, M. M. (Producer & Director). (2008). Controlling our food: The world according to Monsanto. [Documentary film]. France (Note – there is a US version available via

Diaz, P. (Director), Portello, B. (Producer). (2008). The end of poverty? Think again. United States: Cinema Libre Studio Production.

Websites of Interest