Language as means of Exclusion in the Mozambican Parliament

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In this paper the author advances the idea that the Mozambican Parliament works as a platform of exclusion for a large majority of Members of Parliament (MPs) who do not master the Portuguese Language properly in order to convey their ideas and participate actively in Parliamentary debate. The major goal of the paper is to consider the extent to which language conditions and impairs participatory citizenship, understood as being focused on the active relationship between the state, societal processes and its citizens, and the connections between the privileged and the less powerful in society. Among the issues that the study raises, are the following: to what extent state and governmental institutions in the Republic of Mozambique are prepared to allow the use of national languages as means of expression for the common and ordinary citizen, and Members of Parliament, in particular, who should act as the legitimate representatives of the people.

Autora: Sarita Monjane Henriksen



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