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The Politics of Language and Nation Building in Zimbabwe

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Contents: History of language politics in Zimbabwe – Language politics in colonial Zimbabwe – Language and politics in the postcolonial context – Language use in education, media, law and administration – Critique of mainstream discourses on language and Zimbabwean politics – Language and ethnicity in PF ZAPU and ZANU PF politics – Language and ethnicity in ZANU PF internal politics – Language and ethnicity in MDC internal politics – Language policy as a site of political contests – Everyday forms of language-based marginalization – Language and nation building or language and empire building? – National identity and discourses of exclusion – Language hierarchies and internal colonization – The future of marginalized identities – Strategies for the maintenance of minority identities – The Zimbabwe case study in global perspective.