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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 <>
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 ProposalsIn their search for solutions to the development problems of Africa,students of African development have often ignored linguistic and othersocio-cultural resources such as gender (Prah 1993). When linguistic andgender issues are addressed at all, the fact that there is a multiplicityof languages in African countries--and the complex of the African socialfabric resulting from deep seated patriarchal traditions and cultures--isoften seen as a hindrance to the development of the continent. The resultis that more often than not theories and issues of achieving an acceleratedrate of development in Africa are discussed without any recourse to genderand linguistic issues. The reason for such a state of affairs can bepostulated. Africa’s development and development in general, is oftenconceived of in a rather narrow sense in terms of such economic indicatorsas GDP, GNP, and other economic notions such as income per capita. Theconsequences of this quantitative approach to development are that economicindicators are often erroneously equated with national development andsocietal well-being. In this narrow sense, then, the role of language andgender in Africa's development may be seen as a bit too marginal to betaken seriously. Secondly, even when issues of language and gender areaddressed in Africa’s development discourse, they are usually treated asmutually exclusive variables, with little or no attempt being made to focuson the tripartite nature of the interrelationship between language, gender,and development.

In this regard, the proposed volume will focus on the relationship betweenlanguage, gender, and development, and offers a specific proposal foraddressing issues of language policy and planning in Africa. Chapterproposals which seek to liberate the notion of development from the narrowcorridors of GDPs, GNPs and reinterpret it in newer paradigms whichrecognize the roles of language and gender in a comprehensivetransformation of Africa's socio-cultural, economic, and technologicalstructures are welcome.

Such proposals should focus on but not limited to the following sub themes:1. Gender and development issues in language planning in Africa2. Language, gender, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in Africa3. The role of language and gender in socio-economic development in Africa4. Language, gender, and health communication in Africa5. The impact of gendered mass media language on development in Africa6. Linguistic and gender ideologies in African development7. Language, gender, and the expression of indigenous African knowledge indevelopment8. Language and gender in development discourse in Africa

Editors: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 practitionersworking on issues of Language, Gender, and Development with specific focuson Africa. Proposals should be sent to Ms Lillian Gangla at the followingaddress: by 30 January 2011. Authors of successfulproposals will be contacted by 28 February 2011.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

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