Mbono Dube, Daniel Mpolomoka


This paper is informed by observations and revelations of long-drawn experiences with families of the Shona-Ndebele speaking people living in Zambia. At the core of exploring, the duo’s stay in Zambia is an undertaking to critically analyse their language movements, ethnic mobilisation and allegiance to their home country, Zimbabwe. The paper aligns itself to the contention by Bourdieu (1977) that the value ascribed to speech cannot be understood apart from the person who speaks, and the person who speaks cannot be understood apart from larger networks of social relationships.


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