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A borderlands' perspective of language and globalization

Tope Omoniyi


My primary objective in this article is to explore what new meaning borderlands research can bring to our understanding of globalization as it is presently framed in sociolinguistic scholarship. As a site of negotiations and transactions in international goods and services in the official and non-official realms they present us with a microcosm of globalised networks. The specific territoriality of a borderland illustrates localization which Waters (2001: 5) says implies ``a reflexive reconstruction of community in the face of the dehumanizing implications of rationalizing and commodifying'', a referencing against global scapes. I also present and explore continentalization as an African social process modeled on globalization by looking at the impact that Nollywood as a cultural industry is having across national boundaries.

Published Online: 2014-4-8
Published in Print: 2014-5-1

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