Academic capitalism and the spread of English

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Abstract

In 2009, I contributed a chapter about the social inclusion of migrants in Australia to an edited book about immigration policy published in Japanese in Japan. The book is doing well – a second edition has just been published – and that piece of my research writing is more widely read than some of my English-language peer-reviewed work. However, when it came to recording my 2009 research “output” for my university, the paperwork for entering a non-English publication proved formidable, and I had the record returned to me three times with queries for additional documentation and evidence – that I’d really published the piece, that the publication was really legitimate, and even because I had put the translation of the title in the wrong line on the form … Now, I have to admit that I resent the paperwork associated with documenting my “output” at the best of times. With all that extra hassle I was tempted to just skip recording that particular chapter. Fortunately, my PhD students took over and took on some hardcopy-and-signature -ferrying errands, which ultimately got the record of that chapter and all the associated documentation into the university’s research inventory.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationLanguage on the move
PublisherLanguage on the move
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2010

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Keywords

  • 200401 applied linguistics and educational linguistics
  • 200405 language in culture and society (sociolinguistics)

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