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Title:Cross-border languages in southern African economic and political integration
Author:Ndhlovu, FinexISNI
Periodical:African Studies (ISSN 1469-2872)
Geographic term:Southern Africa
African languages
economic integration
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00020184.2013.776196
Abstract:The subject of southern African regional integration is little understood or researched sociolinguistically. This article deals with questions about the role of the state and local community agency in the formation and legitimation of identities. It provides a counter-narrative on the subject of cross-border languages and their intersection with cross-border activities in contemporary southern Africa. Various ways by which southern African cross-border languages can be positively deployed to enhance regional economic, political and cultural integration are discussed and illustrated. The main argument is that the recognition and mainstreaming of cross-border languages promises to provide a foundation for a regional integration framework that accommodates all stakeholders including people involved in informal cross-border activities. In conclusion the article posits that the incidence of multiple cross-border languages in southern Africa is another form of bonding and bridging social capital relevant to the realisation of an inclusive and broad-based regional integration project. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]