Becoming an African Diaspora in Australia: Language, by F. Ndhlovu

By F. Ndhlovu

Turning into an African Diaspora in Australia extends debates on identities, cultures and notions of race and racism into new instructions because it analyses the sorts of interactional identities of African migrants in Australia. It de-naturalises the usual assumptions and imaginations in regards to the cultures and identities of African diaspora groups, and probes the relevance and value of id markers corresponding to kingdom of foundation, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic/heritage language and mom tongue. present cultural frames of identification illustration have to date did not trap the complexities of daily lived studies of transnational contributors and teams. for this reason through drawing on clean recommendations and up to date empirical facts, this publication invitations the reader to revisit and reconsider the vocabularies that we use to examine id different types equivalent to race, tradition, language, ethnicity, nationality, and citizenship, and introduces a brand new language nesting version of diaspora id. This e-book may be of significant curiosity to all scholars of migration, diaspora, African and Australian experiences.

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Chapter 2 focuses on language ideologies and how they have traditionally been used as gatekeeping mechanisms and weapons for normalizing diverse racial groups to imagined normative Australian national linguistic and cultural values. The chapter posits that, while the official story gives the impression that Australia’s language-in-migration policies have always been designed to generate positive economic, social and political benefits for the country and its citizens, actual practice shows that incorporating language policies into the criteria for national identity formation has produced many unintended consequences.

What then is the way forward after exposing the downside of those theoretical frameworks that currently inform dominant understandings about diaspora cultural identities? In response to this question the paragraphs that follow propose the pluralization of theoretical orientations in order to successfully capture the myriad ways in which African diasporas in Australia imagine themselves and are imagined by other Australian and global communities. While there is a litany of alternative conceptual frameworks for engaging issues around cultural and linguistic identities, a majority of them are from the Global North.

The dictation test was actually brought in to camouflage the racist political goals of the ‘White Australia’ policy. For example, of the 3,290 persons refused admission into Australia between 1901 and 1957 under the Immigration Restriction Act, two-thirds were excluded by the dictation test (York, 1992: 4).

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