Language Policy

Language Policy and Nation-Building in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Authors: Orman, Jon

  • Theoretically rigorous and innovative: pushes forward theoretical understanding of concepts such as national identity and language policy/planning and the way in which they interrelate
  • The first chapters of the book address universal themes and issues in the study of national identities and language policy and planning. This makes the book accessible and interesting for sociolinguists, language policy and ethnicity/nationalism scholars in general, beyond a strictly South African context
  • Interdisciplinary, non-linguicentric, discussion of the South-African situation, including a chapter on the issue of Afrikaans
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The urgent need to forge an inclusive, multi-racial, multicultural South African national identity has been one of the most dominant themes in post-Apartheid politics and society. With the realisation that many of the social problems which beset contemporary South African society are sociolinguistic in origin, the critical importance of language policy and planning for democratic ‘nation-building’ becomes evident. This book adopts a rigorous theoretical approach to the study of language policy and national identity, both in a general sense and with specific application to the sociolinguistic situation in South Africa. It also includes an entire chapter devoted to the issue of the status and role of Afrikaans in the post-apartheid era. Employing a strictly multi-disciplinary approach, the book draws on insights from a number of academic disciplines including sociolinguistics, the sociology of language, sociology, social psychology, political theory and social anthropology.

The book will be of considerable interest to a wide range of academic theorists and students whose work is either specifically concerned with, or touches upon, issues of language policy and national identity, as well as language planners and policymakers, language pedagogists and educational organisations, both within South Africa and beyond.

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From the reviews:

"Orman’s book constitutes an important contribution to the field. It both raises questions of concern to anyone interested in language planning and language policy studies, and provides an outstanding overview of the complex and paradoxical South African situation." (Timothy Reagan, Language Problems & Language Planning, 33:3,2009)

“This volume is part of a series aimed at scholars … as well as educational and applied linguistics and sociolinguistics. … provides an overview of the relationship between national identity and language, illustrating how this has manifested itself in the new South Africa. … It will be of interest especially to those involved in language planning and policy, but also those interested in the interplay of identity and language in multilingual societies, and finally to anyone interested in the linguistic future of this country.” (Kirsten Colquhoun, Linguist List, December, 2009)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Orman, Jon

    Pages 1-9

  • Key Concepts in the Study of Ethnic and National Identities

    Orman, Jon

    Pages 11-38

  • Language Policy, Language Planning and National Identity: Theoretical Perspectives

    Orman, Jon

    Pages 39-76

  • Language Policy and Identity Planning in South Africa: A Historical Overview

    Orman, Jon

    Pages 77-107

  • Language Policy, Identity Conflict and Nation-Building: The Case of Afrikaans

    Orman, Jon

    Pages 109-137

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Language Policy and Nation-Building in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Authors
Series Title
Language Policy
Series Volume
10
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8891-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8891-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8890-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8018-9
Series ISSN
1571-5361
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 202
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