A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Deelley Poetry Debate (1979–1980)
Somali Oral Poetry is the first critical discourse analysis of the connection between oral poetry and politics in Somalia. The book brings out contradictions and conflicts between the ways of thinking of a society structured in clans and a rightful claim for nationhood and the state of law. In addition, it highlights the difficulty the society finds in renouncing clan mentality that requires loyalty to the clan rather than to the State.
The present volume illuminates, through the critical analysis of the Deelley poetry debate, the circumstances and issues that preceded the civil war in Somalia. Therefore, the book is of particular interest for its original explanation and understanding of the extraordinary subsequent failure of the State in Somalia.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE: THE HISTORICAL, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CONTEXT OF SOMALI ORAL POETRY
Clan and political dynamics in a historical perspective
The foundation of Somali pastoralist oral poetry
The language of poetry: ideology and politics in language
Hegemonic nomadic pastoralist poetry and the consequences of the politics of the language
The contradiction between clan system culture and the discourse of national identity
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