Title: Language and Politics in Africa
Subtitle: Contemporary Issues and Critical Perspectives
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Editor: Daniel Ochieng Orwenjo
Editor: John Obiero Ogone
Hardback: ISBN: 9781443823838 Pages: 520 Price: U.S. $ 82.99
Language and Politics in Africa is a fine collection of both empirically and theoretically based articles from across the African continent and beyond, but all focusing on the twin issues of Language and Politics in post colonial African countries. The authors offer critical perspectives on contemporary theoretical, empirical and policy issues related to language and how such issues manifest themselves at the inevitable interface with politics in a number of African countries. Coming at a time when most African countries are still grappling with language policy and planning issues while others are increasingly having to contend with the political outcomes of linguistically and ethnically heterogeneous nation-states, the present volume is a must read for scholars and students who are interested on the twin issues of language and politics since it represents one of the first attempts at documenting how language and politics affect each other in a number of African countries. The volume is divided into two sections dealing with the politics of language and the language of politics in African countries.