Review Critical global semiotics: Understanding sustainable transformational citizenship (a review)

original work by Maureen Ellis (Ed.) reviewed by MAURICE CASSIDY

A book about semiotics with no reference to its founder, the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure? Now that must be a first. But Critical Global Semiotics is not about linguistics but about culture and citizenship and how it works in a global context and across a multiplicity of disciplines. In doing so its 16 chapters review health, labour (in particular, child labour), music, dance and artistic culture, town planning, political economy, climate change and education. The essays explore aspects of culture and citizenship in a wide range of countries including India, China, Iraq, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico and Europe and the US. It is a scholarly and wide-ranging book edited with an introduction and conclusion by Maureen Ellis.

MAURICE CASSIDY. News editor at 7DNews.com, an international online news website, and former Director of the Executive Centre at International House London. Past Chair of Business English UK. Has travelled widely internationally inspecting language schools and training teachers.

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