Language and Colonial Power: The Appropriation of Swahili in the Former Belgian Congo, 1880-1938

Language and Colonial Power: The Appropriation of Swahili in the Former Belgian Congo, 1880-1938

by Johannes Fabian


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521308700
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/01/1986
Series: African Studies Series , #48
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

A note on names and orthographyix
1Prelude: expeditions and campaigns13
Polyglotta Africana15
Swahili guides for the road19
On the road: language and travel24
End of the road33
2Questions and queries42
A question of law and rights: language and the Colonial Charter44
A question of facts: language in an early government survey49
Responses from businessmen and administrators53
Responses from missionaries and educators58
A question of power: warnings from Katanga63
Some general conclusions65
3Settling in: colonization and language70
Missions, education and the oeuvre civilisatrice71
Missionary linguistics75
Religious and secular colonization: common ground78
Language guides and teaching aids84
Colonial language training in Belgium88
4Labor and language in Katanga92
Labor in Katanga: a complicated story92
Swahili as a symbol of 'reorientation': consolidation of Belgian rule in Katanga100
Swahili as a work-language: some structural determinants106
5Talking tough and bad: pidginization in Katanga112
Missionaries teaching colonists112
Colonists teaching colonists: a guide for farmers in Katanga114
The most common words in Katanga: a curious early manual124
Conclusion: no missing link133
6The end: illusions of colonial power135
Swahili and symbolic power136
Codified Swahili in the eastern Congo: an inventory 1918-38142
'Improved Swahili': Union Miniere and A. Verbeken148
A voice not heard: A. Melignon and the 'rehabilitation' of Swahili in Katanga157

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