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Title:Language, Ideology and Power in Uganda
Author(s):Miner, Edward Anthony
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Bokamba, Eyamba G.
Department / Program:Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Social Structure and Development
Abstract:Since coming to power in 1986, the National Resistance Movement of President Yoweri Museveni has attempted to distance itself from perceptions of historic ethnocratic corruption by invoking regional, Pan-Africanist conceptions of linguistic respectability and political legitimacy. These include the widespread association of standard Kiswahili, as historically used in East African trade-union and military activity, with national integration and development. While the NRM's detractors tend to draw their models of linguistic respectability from Anglo-Kiganda discursive practice, which ultra-valorizes English (and to some extent Luganda) over Kiswahili and other Ugandan languages, the state tends to draw its models from Anglophone East African discursive practice more broadly, which value English and Kiswahili more equally. Emerging from partially overlapping sociohistorical contexts, however, Anglo-Kiganda and Anglophone East African discursive practices construct alternative linguistic identities which come into contention primarily in the context of other sociopolitical stakes.
Issue Date:2001
Description:260 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3017164
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2001

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