Naming and Othering in Africa Imagining Supremacy and Inferiority through Language
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 in class, race, ethnic, national, gender, sexuality, religious and business struggles in society as weapons by ingroups and outgroups. 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 and 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.
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, EXCLUSION 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