Gender and Language in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tradition, struggle and change

| University of Dschang, Cameroon
| University of Botswana
| City University London
| University of Lancaster
ISBN 9789027218742 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027272300 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Gender and Language in Sub-Saharan Africa: Tradition, Struggle and Change is the first book to bring together the topics of language and gender, African languages, and gender in African contexts, and it does so in a descriptive, explanatory and critical way. Including fascinating new work and new, often challenging data from Botswana, Chad, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, this collection looks at some ‘traditional’ uses of language in relation to the gender of its speakers and the gendered nature of the languages themselves; it also identifies and explores social change in terms of both gender and sexuality, as reflected in and constructed by language and discourse. The contributions to this volume are accessibly written and will be of interest to students and established academics working on African sociolinguistics and discourse, as well as those whose interest is language, gender and sexuality.
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Table of Contents
Gender and language in sub-Saharan Africa: A valid epistemology?
Lilian Lem Atanga, Sibonile Edith Ellece, Lia Litosseliti and Jane Sunderland
Part 1. Gender and linguistic description
Chapter 1. Issues of language and gender in iweto marriage as practised by the Kamba in Kenya
Catherine Wawasi Kitetu and Angelina Nduku Kioko
Chapter 2. Language, gender and age(ism) in Setswana
Mompoloki Mmangaka Bagwasi and Jane Sunderland
Chapter 3. Variation with gender in the tonal speech varieties of Kera (Chadic)
Mary Pearce
Part 2. Public settings and gendered language use
Chapter 4. Language, gender and social construction in a pre-school in Gaborone
Rose Letsholo
Chapter 5. Variation in address forms for Nigerian married and unmarried women in the workplace
Abolaji S. Mustapha
Part 3. Mediated masculinities and femininities
Chapter 6. A new South African man? Beer, masculinity and social change
Tommaso M. Milani and Mooniq Shaikjee
Chapter 7. The ‘Tinto’ image in contemporary Tswana songs: Masculinities in crisis?
Sibonile Edith Ellece
Chapter 8.Language and gender in popular music in Botswana
Rosaleen O.B. Nhlekisana
Part 4. Gendered struggles and change
Chapter 9. Sex discourses and the construction of gender identity in Sesotho: A case study of police interviews of rape/sexual assault victims
Puleng Hanong Thetela
Chapter 10. Student Pidgin: A masculine code encroached on by young women
Kari Dako
Chapter 11. Gendered linguistic choices among isiZulu-speaking women in contemporary South Africa
Stephanie Rudwick
Chapter 12. Homophobic language and linguistic resistance in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Thabo Msibi
Chapter 13. “I cannot be blamed for my own assault” Ghanaian media discourses on the context of blame in Mzbel’s sexual assaults
Grace Diabah
Part 5. Epilogue
African feminism?
Lilian Lem Atanga
Gender, sexuality and language in African contexts: Bibliography
“This collection of chapters documents multimodal discourse practices of males and females in various African languages and national contexts, as well as the practices that constitute masculinity and femininity in these contexts. This, in and of itself, is a contribution to international scholarship on language, gender, and Africa. In addition, the edited volume contributes a number of distinct perspectives on what qualities African feminism(s) could or should have, especially African feminism(s) that could enhance research on language, culture, and society.”
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BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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