Languages, Politics And Culture

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I show that while the chief ended up with more inputs than most of his villagers, the programme made it possible for villagers to press claims with him, limiting the extent to which they could be excluded. I subsequently argue that, while they are no longer valued within the market economy, chieftaincy can play an important role in ensuring that people in Malawi and Southern Africa more broadly are not cast off completely. In this paper I would like to underline this symbolic dimension of the relation between the religious Islamic society and the construction and enhancement of a democratic political culture in contemporary Senegal. Marabouts, Sufi Islamic leaders have been present in West Africa since the XIth century. Marabouts have played a particularly central role in the construction of the Senegalese state since its colonial inception substituting the traditional Wolof chiefs in the colonial political system imposed by the French.

Local contexts are reflected in political discourse on the level of genre, lexis, argumentation, and metaphor. In order to understand the relation between the political contexts and political language use, this book presents a new approach to comparative politico-linguistic discourse analysis. The developed methodology stands in the tradition of transdisciplinarity and combines analytical tools from linguistic discourse analysis and political science (political culture, comparative politics, morphology of ideologies, identity of party-political ideologies). It is comprehensive in its introduction of approaches from the German tradition of politico-linguistics that have so far not been accessible to a non-German speaking readership and that add valuable insights into the mechanics of political discourse. Chiefs’ authority is based on moral and supernatural precepts and relies on the support and trust of the people. The grassroot and consensus character of chieftaincy is the guarantee of democratic governance both within chiefdoms and beyond.

Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis. This will be further supported with drop-in sessions and self-directed exercises with tutor and peer feedback. Ed leads CfGS’s work on devolution, transformation and on support to councils and other public bodies on governance and accountability. One is that the senior councillor leadership of an authority – the executive – sets the tone for others to follow.