Communication: Communication (language) was the word that I found was most affected by thinking of it in terms of power relations. In the definitions that I have come across for power, the same words come up: authority, control, influence, force, possession (Rangel-Ortiz). One of the main ways we achieve power is by controlling access to communication and language. Here in America, we have a cultural bias towards those with accents and those for whom English is not a primary language. Language and the ability to communicate determines which individuals will have access to benefits, opportunities, education, and other resources. Historically, when a nation is gains power over another, they use communication as both a tool and a way to categorize the people – them vs. us.
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Rangel-Ortiz, Luis Xavier. “Languages and Power.” Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education. Ed. Josué M. González. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2008. 473-77. SAGE knowledge. Web. 12 May. 2015.