Book reviewing and academic freedom

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    I have served as book review editor for Discourse and Society for ten years and recently resigned from my roles as book review editor for Discourse Studies and Discourse and Communication because the workload had become too much for one person. In all those years I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as book review editor because it has forced me to keep up to date with publications in my field and it allowed me to interact with scholars – as authors and reviewers – from around the world. It’s a labor of love – not a salaried position as some correspondents who complain when I do not respond immediately seem to think – and I do it in the spirit of community service. So, when I read that the book review editor of the European International Journal of Law is being sued for libel because a negative book review was published under his editorship it ran shivers down my spine!
    Original languageEnglish
    Specialist publicationLanguage on the move
    PublisherLanguage on the move
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010

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


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