Power of Babel Language and Governance in the African Experience

ISBN-10: 0226514293
ISBN-13: 9780226514291
Authors: Ali A. Mazrui, Alamin M. Mazrui
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Linguists estimate that there are currently nearly 2,000 languages in Africa, a staggering figure that is belied by the relatively few national languages. While African national politics, economics, and law are all conducted primarily in the colonial languages, the cultural life of the majority of citizens is conducted in a bewildering Babel of local and regional dialects, making language itself the center of debates over multiculturalism, gender studies, and social theory. In The Power of Babel, the noted Africanist scholar Ali Mazrui and linguist Alamin Mazrui explore this vast territory of African language. The Power of Babel is one of the first comprehensive studies of the complex…    

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Binding: Paperback Publisher: University of Chicago Press Number of pages: 235 Dimensions: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.90" tall Weight: 0.814 lbs. Language: English