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ERIC Number: EJ932032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Will They Ever Speak with Authority? Race, Post-Coloniality and the Symbolic Violence of Language
Ibrahim, Awad
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v43 n6 p619-635 Aug 2011
Intersecting authority-language-and-symbolic power, this article tells the story of a group of continental Francophone African youth who find themselves in an urban French-language high school in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Through their narrative, one is confronted by the trauma of one's own language being declared an illegitimate child, hence becoming a "deceptive fluency" in the "eyes of power" thanks to race and post-coloniality. They are fully consciousness of this situation and their "linguistic return", thus gazing back at the eyes of power and declaring themselves "subjects" capable of love and desire. I briefly address questions of hospitality and language ownership and conclude by addressing the need to re-think the connection between race, power and language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Canada