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Wed Nov 10 2010

FYI: Call for Book Chapters: Lang and Gender in Africa

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        1.     Lilian Gangla , Call for Book Chapters: Lang and Gender in Africa

Message 1: Call for Book Chapters: Lang and Gender in Africa
Date: 10-Nov-2010
From: Lilian Gangla <GanglaLAtut.ac.za>
Subject: Call for Book Chapters: Lang and Gender in Africa
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Language, Gender, and Development in Africa: The Elusive Links

Call for Book Chapter Proposals
In their search for solutions to the development problems of Africa,
students of African development have often ignored linguistic and other
socio-cultural resources such as gender (Prah 1993). When linguistic and
gender issues are addressed at all, the fact that there is a multiplicity
of languages in African countries--and the complex of the African social
fabric resulting from deep seated patriarchal traditions and cultures--is
often seen as a hindrance to the development of the continent. The result
is that more often than not theories and issues of achieving an accelerated
rate of development in Africa are discussed without any recourse to gender
and linguistic issues. The reason for such a state of affairs can be
postulated. Africa’s development and development in general, is often
conceived of in a rather narrow sense in terms of such economic indicators
as GDP, GNP, and other economic notions such as income per capita. The
consequences of this quantitative approach to development are that economic
indicators are often erroneously equated with national development and
societal well-being. In this narrow sense, then, the role of language and
gender in Africa's development may be seen as a bit too marginal to be
taken seriously. Secondly, even when issues of language and gender are
addressed in Africa’s development discourse, they are usually treated as
mutually exclusive variables, with little or no attempt being made to focus
on the tripartite nature of the interrelationship between language, gender,
and development.

In this regard, the proposed volume will focus on the relationship between
language, gender, and development, and offers a specific proposal for
addressing issues of language policy and planning in Africa. Chapter
proposals which seek to liberate the notion of development from the narrow
corridors of GDPs, GNPs and reinterpret it in newer paradigms which
recognize the roles of language and gender in a comprehensive
transformation of Africa's socio-cultural, economic, and technological
structures are welcome.

Such proposals should focus on but not limited to the following sub themes:
1. Gender and development issues in language planning in Africa
2. Language, gender, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in Africa
3. The role of language and gender in socio-economic development in Africa
4. Language, gender, and health communication in Africa
5. The impact of gendered mass media language on development in Africa
6. Linguistic and gender ideologies in African development
7. Language, gender, and the expression of indigenous African knowledge in
8. Language and gender in development discourse in Africa

D.O. Orwenjo (Kenyatta University, Kenya)
L.A. Gangla (Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa)
L. Netshitomboni (Statistics South Africa)

300 word chapter proposals are invited from scholars and practitioners
working on issues of Language, Gender, and Development with specific focus
on Africa. Proposals should be sent to Ms Lillian Gangla at the following
address: GanglaLAtut.ac.za by 30 January 2011. Authors of successful
proposals will be contacted by 28 February 2011.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

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