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Pan-African Linguistic and Cultural Unity

A Basis For pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance

Simphiwe Sesanti

homogeneous as that of the Indo-European languages’. Further noting that ‘[l]ingustic unity dominates all national life’, Diop (1987: 8) argues that without linguistic unity ‘national cultural unity is but fragile and illusory’. This article argues and seeks

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Robert Pirro

In times of political or social crisis, issues of identity and affiliation

tend to become more salient. In response to the threatened or actual

disruption of the routines of material provision, social order, and

ideological legitimation, definitions of self and community that had

formerly been considered authoritative come under more frequent

and more extensive questioning. Responses to this condition of

uncertainty and doubt about identity and affiliation are typically

forthcoming from many different quarters: party politicians, leaders

of social movements, public intellectuals, religious authorities. Such

responses can also be quite varied as was the case, for example, in

the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Only months after the

event and with major questions about the future of the two Germanies

in the air, Jürgen Habermas surveyed the various possible sources of German identity that were on offer at that time—economic prestige

(“DM nationalism”), cultural inheritance, linguistic unity, ethnic

descent, historical fate, aesthetic experience, and constitutional patriotism—

and found all but the last seriously wanting.3 In any given

episode of crisis and questioning, most responses will ultimately

have little or no effect; the eventual reestablishment of the routines

of provision, order, and legitimation usually means that one or

another set of definitions of self and community has won out and

become authoritative for a critical mass of citizens.

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Some Senses of Pan-Africanism from the South

Christopher Allsobrook

linguistic unity, Ugwuanyi argues that ‘Pro-Africanism’ is needed to meet the challenge of Afro-modernity, which must find space in traditional African conceptions of the social self for independent subjectivity, diversity and critical questioning. Africans

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Romanticizing Difference

Identities in Transformation after World War I

Nadia Malinovich

linguistic unity made the Austro-Hungarian Empire a “body without a soul” in which conflict was inevitable. From this perspective, aligning national and linguistic frontiers was considered both “natural” and “scientific.” The countries carved out from the

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The Many Faces of the State

Living in Peace and Conflict in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

Nasir Uddin and Eva Gerharz

identities, but their demands were categorically rejected as national leaders attempted to form a nationalism based on the cultural and linguistic unity of the Bengali population. The firm resistance from the Bangladeshi state to these demands for recognition

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Haifaa Majadly and Aharon Geva-Kleinberger

linguistic unity. 79 The other curriculum to adopt the integrated approach is the Palestinian one, which is based on a unified approach to language and literature instruction and treats the various aspects of Arabic in an integrated manner appropriate for