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Making and shaping participatory spaces: resemiotization and citizenship agency in South Africa
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Research on Bilingualism. University of the Western Cape, South Africa.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8239-524X
2011 (English)In: International Multilingual Research Journal, ISSN 1931-3152, E-ISSN 1931-3160, Vol. 5, no 2, 87-102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In South Africa, democratic consolidation involves not only building a new state but also new interfaces between state and society.  To strengthen the agency of citizens at these interfaces, recent approaches to development stress the notion of “participatory citizenship”.  The purpose of this paper is to explore the links, rarely achieved in practice, between such practices of participatory citizenship and possibilities for literacy and language education.  The paper draws on a study of a capacity building programme for educators of adults in the Northern Cape Province.  It uses the concept of resemiotisation to explore the ways in which participants re-shaped the multilingual representational resources available to them to legitimise the authority of subaltern actors and mobilise collective agency.  Finally it argues that such semiotic practices can be seen as a form of “linguistic citizenship” which could promote locally rooted and participatory democracy under a radically reoriented Adult Basic Education system.

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Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates , 2011. Vol. 5, no 2, 87-102 p.
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Citizenship, development, adult education, resemiotisation, literacy, multilingualism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113668DOI: 10.1080/19313152.2011.594360OAI: diva2:786896
Available from: 2015-02-06 Created: 2015-02-06 Last updated: 2015-12-09Bibliographically approved

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