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    Language, Education and the new South Africa

    Gilmartin, Mary (2004) Language, Education and the new South Africa. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 95 (4). pp. 405-418. ISSN 0040-747X

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    Issues of language and education are central to the process of nation building in the new South Africa. In this paper, I examine the rhetoric and the practice of the intersections of South Africa’s language and education policies. While early education policy documents are predicated on the need to reassert the importance of African languages in relation to English and Afrikaans, the official languages during apartheid, these discourses of language equality are now being replaced with discourses of utility. I examine this change at the level of national policy, and also in practice in the province of Mpumalanga, where English is increasingly coming to dominate the spaces of education, and Afrikaans and African languages are becoming more marginalised. I argue that this policy shift and related practices fundamentally undermine broader claims to racial and ethnic equality in the new South Africa.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Language; Education; South Africa;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 8824
    Depositing User: Dr. Mary Gilmartin
    Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2017 14:12
    Journal or Publication Title: Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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