English in Africa: After the Cold War

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Multilingual Matters, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 144 pages
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This text offers a critical examination of aspects of the politics of the role of English in Africa and its Diaspora. It looks at its changed location in the post-Cold War era and the challenges it poses to the enduring quest for intellectual liberation, pan-Africanism and Afrocentricity. The study also explores the spaces and possibilities for appropriating the language towards a counter-hegemonic African-centred agenda under the present global order.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
1
Between Complementarity
13
Between Linguistic
40
In Search of Unity
65
In Search of Authenticity
94
Linguistic Appropriation and Beyond
111
The Asmara Declaration on African Languages
129
Index
140
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Alamin M. Mazrui is Associate Professor of sociolinguistics and literature with the Department of African American and African Studies at the Ohio State University, USA. A Swahili poet and playwright, he has co-authored five books and written widely on the political sociology of language and literature in Africa and on comparative cultural studies.

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