Interviews with Neville Alexander

The Power of Languages against the Language of Power

Edited by: Brigitta Busch, Lucijan Busch, Karen Press

In a series of interviews conducted between 2006 and 2010, activist and scholar Neville Alexander reflected on how the languages he had used throughout his life shaped his world and his relationships with his immediate and wider communities. A version of these conversations was published in German in 2011 by Drava Verlag. In this reconstruction, which is the only extensive (auto)biographical work about Neville Alexander in English text, his belief in the emancipatory potential of multilingualism frames, his vividly recalled life, and his incisive observations about language in post-apartheid South Africa are discussed. Alexander speaks candidly about his childhood in the Eastern Cape, his political awakening, and his Robben Island incarceration. He also gives an insider's view of how South Africa's post-apartheid language dispensation was shaped. The book also includes some of Neville Alexander's seminal writings on multilingualism, a rewarding yet often neglected aspect of his work.


Publication Date: 7/1/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781869142773