Hegemony and Language Policies in Southern Africa argues that language policy whether formal or informal, micro or macro has always been the centrepiece of identity imaginings, struggles for political emancipation, and quests for cultural affirmation and economic advancement in the colonial and postcolonial histories of African nations. This book addresses questions on the social and political history of language policies, focusing on their significance for ethnic, immigrant and social groups, as well as for various political projects in southern Africa, as they have unfolded from the late nineteenth century to the present. What do the social and political histories of language policies suggest about current identity narratives in southern Africa? Under what circumstances are language policies deployed in the framing of social and political identities? Whose interests do language policies serve, and whose interests do they undermine in southern Africa? Is it not possible to theorise language policy using lenses other than those from the Global North? Why do scholars, governments, and social policy makers from the Global South always choose to adopt language policy frameworks originating from the Global North? In responding to these crucial questions, this book challenges the hegemony of modernist ideologies of language and introduces notions of ignored lingualism and multilingual habitus in order to look differently at linkages between language policies and political, economic, cultural and developmental issues. Such a focus resonates with contemporary views about language as a multimodal and multilingual practice among speakers. Both academic and non-academic communities will find the book of great interest, as it is written in a style that is both scholarly and reader-friendly.
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Finex Ndhlovu is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of New England, Australia. He has published a number of studies in the field of language and society studies, including Becoming an African Diaspora in Australia (2014), Nationalism and National Projects in Southern Africa (2013) and The Politics of Language and Nation Building in Zimbabwe (2009).Review:
"A meticulous and persuasive account of how progressive language policies that transcend traditional orthodoxy can provide a window of opportunity for recognizing and incorporating previously marginalized and small ethnic populations into national and regional identities. This book is a masterpiece, ground-breaking, well-thought and comprehensive treatise, which appears at the right time to deal with these complex issues and circumstances in a scholarly but accessible style. It provides food for thought to both language experts and the larger public." -Professor Herman Batibo, Department of African Languages and Literature, University of Botswana "In Hegemony and Language Policies in Southern Africa, Finex Ndhlovu raises critical and important questions that go beyond the discipline of sociolinguistics, thus making the book relevant to a wide range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences and beyond. No serious scholar of southern African sociolinguistics can afford to ignore this work." -Professor Gregory Kamwendo, School of Education, University of Kwazulu-Natal "The real dilemma of language planning in African states is thoroughly examined in this book through the prism of extensive reviews of the political and social influences on language policies, linguistic identity, social integration, economic development, and language attitudes in southern Africa." -Professor Keith Allan, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University
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