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Language and Politics [Paperback]

By Noam Chomsky, Carlos P. Otero (Introduction by) & Carlos P. Otero
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An enormous chronological collection of over fifty interviews conducted with Chomsky from 1968 to present day. Many of the pieces have never appeared in any other collection, some have never appeared in English, and more than one has been suppressed. This expanded edition contains fifty pages of brand new interviews.

The interviews add a personal dimension to the full breadth of Chomsky's impressive written canon-equally covering his analysis in linguistics, philosophy, and politics. This updated, annotated, fully indexed new edition contains an extensive bibliography, as well as an intro-duction by editor Carlos Otero on the relationship between Chomsky's language and politics.

Praise for previous edition:

"For those who know [Chomsky] only as media analyst and critic of foreign policy, this wide-ranging book offers glimpses of his studies on language, anarchist theory, and critiques of radical politics."-NACLA

Noam Chomsky is a renowned scholar, the founder of the modern science of linguistics, a philosopher, a poli-tical and social analyst, a media critic, and author of more than one hundred books. Recipient of numerous prizes and awards, Chomsky ranks with Marx, Shakespeare and the Bible as one of the ten most quoted sources in the -humanities. His previous works include the best selling 9-11, and the critically acclaimed AK Audio Collection.

Carlos Otero, who also edited Radical Priorities by Noam Chomsky, teaches linguistics at the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   800
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   2.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2004
Publisher   AK Press
ISBN  1902593820  
ISBN13  9781902593821  

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More About Noam Chomsky, Carlos P. Otero & Carlos P. Otero

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Noam Chomsky is widely regarded to be one of the foremost critics of US foreign policy in the world. He has published numerous groundbreaking books, articles, and essays on global politics, history, and linguistics. Since 2003 he has written a monthly column for the New York Times syndicate. His recent books include Masters of Mankind and Hopes and Prospects. Haymarket Books recently released updated editions of twelve of his classic books.
Ilan Pappe is the bestselling author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine: A History of Modern Palestine and The Israel/Palestine Question.
Frank Barat is a human rights activist and author. He was the coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine and is now the president of the Palestine Legal Action Network. His books include Freedom is a Constant Struggle, Gaza in Crisis, Corporate Complicity in Israel's Occupation, and On Palestine."

Noam Chomsky currently resides in Lexington, in the state of Massachusetts. Noam Chomsky was born in 1928 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts Institute of Techn.

Noam Chomsky has published or released items in the following series...
  1. American Empire Project
  2. City Lights Open Media
  3. Columbia Themes in Philosophy

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know what you're getting into  Oct 1, 2006
Full disclosure: I'm only about halfway through this book. But I thought I'd give my opinions anyway and update them if I change my mind.

This is a fascinating book in many respects. The introduction is fascinating, and there is a lot of scholarly apparatus (good introductions and contextualizations of every interview: where it appeared, what context it appeared in, and also some bibliography for the authors and ideas raised within.)

That said, I agree there is a lot of overlap between interviews. That's not necessarily a bad thing: some of these issues are very complex and it's great to see them approached repeatedly from different angles. The most problematic aspect of this book is the way in which political questions and discussions of Chomsky's linguistic work are merged together.

A very very common question in the interviews is "Dr. Chomsky, do you see any relation between your work in linguistics and your political activism." The answers range from "No" to "In a very vague and general sense maybe possibly yes, but I don't think it's a vital relationship and you would better spend your time asking different kinds of questions about each." This comes up over and over again.

To that end, I wish these interviews had been separated thematically as well as chronologically (or even split into two separate books.) Chomsky is an amazing popularizer of his own work in linguistics and makes some very profound points about the relationship between his work and general currents in philosophy and philosophy of science. But it's a little annoying to start each interview and not know what is going to be covered: are we going to talk about Vietnam or are we going to talk about transformational grammar and innate language capacity?

I've enjoyed this book very much so far (I've learned more about Chomsky's views on language than I have about his political ideas, but maybe that will change with later interviews.) If you want a concentrated focus on one or the other half of Chomsky's work, however, be prepared to skip material.
In-depth with one of our greatest thinkers  Apr 29, 2005
This collection is an impressive gathering of interviews collected from the early sixties to the present. In it, the Professor gives some of his best long-range insights on a number of topics, such as linguistics, philosophy, science, politics, the Middle East, the media, and education. This volume is not the place to start if you are new to Chomsky's work, but it is an excellent supplement to his famous writings. As to the interviews themselves, they are mostly fascinating, Chomsky proves once again that he may be the most important intellectual of the latter half of the 20th century. My one complaint is that some of the interviews overlap, as he is asked to speak multiple times on a number of topics, he is asked what the conncection between his linguistic work and his political work is about twenty times for instance, as the title would suggest. Aside from that, this is an invaluable read.

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