Key Concepts in the Study of Ethnic and National Identities.- Language Policy, Language Planning and National Identity: Theoretical Perspectives.- Language Policy and Identity Planning in South Africa: A Historical Overview.- Language Policy, Identity Conflict and Nation-Building: The Case of Afrikaans.- Towards an Alternative, Inclusive Approach to Language Policy and~National Integration for Post-Apartheid South Africa.- Conclusion.
Theoretically rigorous and innovative - pushes forward theoretical understanding of concepts such as national identity and language policy/planning and the way in which they interrelate
The first chapters of the book address universal themes and issues in the study of national identities and language policy and planning. This makes the book accessible and interesting for sociolinguists, language policy and ethnicity/nationalism scholars in general, beyond a strictly South African context
Interdisciplinary, non-linguicentric, discussion of the South-African situation, including a chapter on the issue of Afrikaans