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Rethinking Khoe and San Indigeneity, Language and Culture in Southern Africa


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1. Introduction: Literacy, Language and Orality Amongst the KhoeSan KhoeSan Languages: Past to Present 2. The First Afrikaans 3. Afrikaans on the Frontier: Two Early Afrikaans Dialects 4. The Khoisan Languages of Southern Africa: Facts, Theories and Confusions 5. Contemporary Khoesan Languages of South Africa Same but Different: The Struggle Towards Integrated Societies 6. The Language Question: Khoisan Linguicide and Epistemicide 7. KhoeSan Identity and Language in South Africa: Articulations of Reclamation 8. Owning the Body, Embodying the Owner: Complexity and Discourses of Rights, Citizenship and Heritage of Southern African Bushmen Decolonising/ Indigenising Language: Experiences with KhoeSan Peoples 9. Methods of “Literacy” in Indigenising Research Education: Transformative Methods Used in the Kalahari 10. One Made by Many: the Recording of Present-Day Kalahari Stories 11. Language and Education: Photovoice Workshops and the !Xun and Khwe Bushmen 12. Locating Spaces for San Mother-Tongue Education in the South African Education Framework Repurposing San Communicatory Practices to be Meaningful in the Contemporary World 13. Hip-hop and Decolonized Practices of Language Digitization among the Contemporary !Xun and Khwe Indigenous Youth of South Africa 14. The Literacy of Tracking Orality: From Literature to Politics 15. The Society of the Text: The Oral Literature of the / Xam Bushmen 16. New Directions in / Xam Studies: Some of the Implications of Andrew Bank’s Bushmen in a Victorian World: the Remarkable Story of the Bleek- Lloyd Collection of Bushman Folklore 17. Broken Strings: Interdisciplinarity and / Xam Oral Literature 18. To Whom It May Concern: Or, Is Anyone Concerned? The Nyae Nyae Ju/ ‘hoan Tape Archive, 1987– 1993

About the Author

Julie Grant is senior research affiliate in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Johannesburg. She has worked closely with the ‡Khomani San since 2005 spending an extensive amount of time living and working alongside the community; first as a researcher, then as the coordinator of the local community office, before returning to academia. Grant has written on San literacy and language, identity, tourism and land reform, mostly in relation to the ‡Khomani, although she has written to a lesser degree on the !xun and Khwe San.

Keyan G. Tomaselli is Distinguished Professor, Humanities Dean’s Office, University of Johannesburg. His other books on this topic include Cultural Tourism: Rethinking Indigeneity (2012), Writing in the San/d (2007), Where Global Contradictions are Sharpest (2005) and Encountering in the Kalahari (a Visual Anthropology special double issue, 1999, reprinted).

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