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Globalising The French Language: Neo-Colonialism Or Development?

Chidozie, Felix and Abiodun-Eniayekan, E. N. (2013) Globalising The French Language: Neo-Colonialism Or Development? International Affairs and Global Strategy, 16. pp. 11-21. ISSN 2224-574X (Paper) ISSN 2224-895 I (Online)

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This paper is concerned with the attempt to globalize the French language in contemporary world politics, in view of competing value systems fi·om other key languages of the international society. It attempts to contextualize the philosophical trajectory of globalization which sees globalization as the homogenization of ideas, images and institutions with a view to creating a 'global culture' of norms and values acceptable among certain regional blocks. It draws its intellectual support from the French policy of assimilation which informed their colonial method during the era of balkanization of Africa, Asia, and the rest of the Third World. It adopts a critical conversational method which involves literature review, histo -empirical analysis, critical conceptual clarification and analysis, within the purview of intellectual interrogation. Findings show that the policy of assimilation adopted by the French as a fundamental colonial policy created a tension between fragmentation and integration, which still resonates in contemporary literature on neo-colonialism, albeit its developmental paradigm. The paper recommends the dissolution of this tens

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Globalization, French Language, Neo-colonialism and Development
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2016 14:04
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2018 11:08

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