Southernizing and decolonizing the Sociology of Language: African scholarship matters

Stephanie Rudwick, Sinfree Makoni

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In this short article we call for decolonization strategies in the Sociology of Language through a focus shift towards the global South, in particular Africa and a heightened attention to "race"as a significant category. We highlight three primary points that require critical attention in a decolonized Sociology of Language: (i) the identification of northern sociolinguistic theories which have been masked as universal and a critical shift towards theoretical frameworks emerging from the South; (ii) the acknowledgement of "white"privilege and "white fragility"in language studies and its related problem of ignoring "race"as a significant category, in scholarship as well as among authors/editors; and (iii) the under-representation of (especially female) scholars of colour in sociolinguistic research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-263
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of the Sociology of Language
Issue number267-268
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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