Buying into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist World

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Many developing countries have little choice but to “buy into English” as a path to ideological and material betterment. Based on extensive fieldwork in Slovakia, Prendergast assembles a rich ethnographic study that records the thoughts, aspirations, and concerns of Slovak nationals, language instructors, journalists, and textbook authors who contend with the increasing importance of English to their rapidly evolving world. She reveals how the use of English in everyday life has becomes suffused with the terms of the knowledge and information economy, where language is manipulated for power and profit. Buying into English presents an astute analysis of the factors that have made English so prominent and yet so elusive, and a deconstruction of the myth of guaranteed viability for new states and economies through English.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationPittsburgh
PublisherUniversity of Pittsburgh Press
Number of pages192
ISBN (Print)9780822960010
StatePublished - May 2008

Publication series

NamePittsburgh series in composition, literacy, and culture


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