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作者 Jansen, Colleen Benita
書名 Educational, political, and economic context of language: South African Coloureds in transition
說明 275 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 57-06, Section: A, page: 2428
Thesis (Ph.D.)--State University of New York at Buffalo, 1996
Under the supervision of Professor Lynn Ilon, at the University at Buffalo, this dissertation investigated the shift in home and/or school language amongst the Coloureds in Cape Town, South Africa
The Republic pulled off a miracle, when in May, 1994, a majority-led government assumed the myriad responsibilities of the country, including those of discrimination, poverty, violence and an ailing economy. The strategy was to lead by example, to build consensus among groups, differing in race, socio-economic status and language
This dissertation investigated the shift in home and/or school language, from Afrikaans the traditional language of the Coloureds, to English. The methodological tools of questionnaires and interviews were utilized in gathering the data from school age children in grades one through twelve and their parents
The main findings revealed that the shift in language amongst Coloureds was complex and highly contextualised in terms of history, politics, social status, culture and economics. Moreover, the findings revealed that Coloureds embrace education and its attendant advantages. They perceive the advantages are greater when education is completed through the medium of English. This finding cuts across income levels
Marginalized as a group under the former, Nationalist rule, Coloureds set about changing an essential element that defined them as a group. Starting as a trickle in the early sixties, the shift in home and/or school language, has become, in the 1990s, a deluge as more parents demand that their children be educated in English. Increasingly Coloureds are shifting from having Afrikaans as home language, to English, in an attempt to position themselves to reap the perceived social cultural and economic rewards of being English speaking
School code: 0656
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 57-06A
主題 Anthropology, Cultural
History, African
Education, Sociology of
Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Language, General
Alt Author State University of New York at Buffalo
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