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Author Botsis, Hannah, 1984- author

Title Subjectivity, language and the postcolonial : beyond Bourdieu in South Africa / Hannah Botsis
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (x, 123 pages)
Series Concepts for critical psychology : disciplinary boundaries re-thought
Concepts for critical psychology.
Contents Introduction -- Subjectivity, language and identity -- The symbolic economy -- The paradox of subjection -- Subjectivity in the postcolonial symbolic economy -- Subjectivity, language and the South African symbolic economy -- Conclusion
Summary "In Subjectivity, Language and the Postcolonial, Hannah Botsis draws on theoretical work that exists at the intersection of critical social psychology, sociolinguistics and the political economy of language, to examine the relationships between language, subjectivity, materiality and political context. The book foregrounds the ways in which the work of Bourdieu could be read in conjunction with 'poststructural' theorists such as Butler and Derrida to offer a critical understanding of subjectivity, language and power in postcolonial contexts. This critical engagement with theorists traditionally from outside of psychology allows for a situated approach to understanding the embodied and symbolic possibilities and constraints for the postcolonial subject. This exploration opens up how micro-politics of power are refracted through ideological categories such as language, race and class in post-apartheid South Africa. Also drawing on the empirical findings of original research undertaken in the South African context on students' linguistic biographies, the book offers a unique perspective - critical social theory is brought to bear on the empirical linguistic biographies of postcolonial subjects, offering insight into how power is negotiated in the postcolonial symbolic economy. Ideal for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students on courses including social psychology, sociolinguistics, sociology, politics, and education, this is an invaluable resource for students and researchers alike."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 04, 2017)
Subject Bourdieu, Pierre, 1930-2002 -- Political and social views.
Language and culture -- South Africa.
Political sociology -- South Africa.
Political sociology.
Social psychology -- South Africa.
Sociolinguistics -- South Africa.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017056347
ISBN 1315267195 (master electronic book)
1351972324 (electronic book)
1351972332 (welectronic book electronic book)
9781315267197 (master electronic book)
9781351972321 (electronic book)
9781351972338 (welectronic book electronic book)