Rethinking Language, Arts and Culture in an Evolving Democracy

Authors

  • Emeka C. Ifesieh Department of Languages and Linguistics, Delta State University, P.M.B. 1, Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0050

Keywords:

language, conceptualisation, power-elite, dominance, inequality, reconceptualisation

Abstract

Democracy has been acclaimed as the best form of government practicable. Its core essence is that the authority of the government is a trust, which is lost once the government becomes a danger to the governed. Power-elites in evolving democracies, especially Nigeria, a pivotal state, consisting of north and south political divides, generate conceptualisations, (i.e., language: arts and culture) for sustenance of inequality. Using the heterogeneous purposive sampling, 7 texts produced by power-elites of Nigeria are selected and subjected to critical discourse analysis (CDA). The core assumptions of CDA are: language is both the site for power struggle and the instrument for domination and inequality. The Muslim northern Nigeria power-elites coercively dominate access to political discourse. The marginalised southern participants should strategically rethink their language to gain access to political discourse in the evolving democracy.

 

Received: 5 December 2020 / Accepted: 21 January 2021 / Published: 5 March 2021

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Published

2021-03-05

How to Cite

Ifesieh, E. C. . (2021). Rethinking Language, Arts and Culture in an Evolving Democracy. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 10(2), 196. https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0050

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Research Articles