Naming and Othering in Africa
Imagining Supremacy and Inferiority through Language
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This book examines how names in Africa have been fashioned to create dominance and subjugation, inclusion and exclusion, others and self.
Drawing on global and African examples, but with particular reference to Zimbabwe, the author demonstrates how names are used as weapons by in-groups and out-groups in class, race, ethnic, national, gender, sexuality, religious and business struggles in society. Using Othering theory as a framework, the chapters explore themes such as globalised names and their demonstration of the other, onomastic erasure in colonial naming and the subsequent decoloniality in African name changes, othering of women in onomastics and crude and sophisticated phaulisms in the areas of race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, sexuality.
Highlighting social power dynamics through onomastics, this book will be of interest to researchers of onomastics, social anthropology, sociolinguistics and African culture and history.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction SECTION ONE: GLOBAL, CULTURAL AND ETHNOPHAULIC NOMEN OTHERING OF AFRICA Chapter 2: Africa and global onomastic othering dichotomies Chapter 3: Names as cultural othering of Africa Chapter 4: Ethnophaulisms as crude nomen othering in African contexts SECTION TWO: SELFING AND OTHERING IN COLONIAL AND DE-COLONIAL ONOMASTICS IN AFRICA Chapter 5: Umlungu/Mzungu/Oborofo decoloniality and coloniality nuances Chapter 6: Onomastic attestations of coloniality in Africa Chapter 7: Colonial othering of African anthroponymy SECTION THREE: NAMES AS EXHIBITS OF GENDERED, DISABLIST AND SEXIST SUBALTERNITIES IN AFRICAN CONTEXTS Chapter 8: The woman other in African names and naming Chapter 9: Disablist, homophobic and sexist nomen othering in Africa Chapter 10: Socio-political onomastic exclusions in Africa Chapter 11: Conclusions and recommendations
Sambulo Ndlovu is a Humbolt Research Fellow at the Institut fur Ethnologie und Afrikanstudien at Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat, Germany and a Professor at Great Zimbabwe University.