Articulating the nation in a post-colonial world: language in Algeria, Nigeria, and Senegal

Morgan, Kimberley (2015) Articulating the nation in a post-colonial world: language in Algeria, Nigeria, and Senegal. MA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation examines the use of language as a tool of postcolonial nation- and state-building and analyses what official language choices tell us about the vision of the nation imagined by post-colonial elites. It traces ideas and arguments about language and culture emerging in the colonial period by considering the way in which key actors used culture as a vehicle of resistance against colonial rule. It then moves into the post-independence period and uses language policy case studies from Algeria, Nigeria, and Senegal to understand the political impetus behind official language policy. In doing so, it seeks to make points of comparison and connection between the three countries under study.
    Finally, it looks to pan-Africanism as one arena in which attitudes towards national language and culture are incorporated into a broader political narrative. It considers three festivals: Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres (Dakar, 1966), Festival panafricain d’Alger (Algiers, 1969), and the Second Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (Lagos, 1977), to explore themes of African cultural renaissance and resistance. Ultimately, this dissertation suggests that in each country under study, three different perspectives of culture emerge that directly inform the vision each state has of itself and how it presents itself to the world.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 15:06
    Last Modified: 19 Nov 2015 15:06

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