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"The Postcolonial Condition of Names and Naming Practices in Southern Africa represents a milestone in southern African onomastic studies. The contributors here are all members of, and speakers of, the cultures and languages they write about, and, together, they speak with an authentic African voice on naming issues in the southern part of the African continent. The volume’s overarching thesis is that names are important yet often underestimated socio-politico-cultural sites on which some of the most significant events and processes in the post-colony can be read. The onomastic topics covered in the book range from the names of traditional healers and male aphrodisiacs to urban landscapes and street naming, from the interface between Chinese and African naming practices to the names of bands of musicians and minibus taxis. There is a strong section on literary onomastics which explores how names have been variously deployed by southern African fiction writers for certain semantic, aesthetic and ideological effects."
Emeritus Professor Adrian Koopman
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
"From age-old traditions to contemporary innovations, this extremely well-researched reference offers a fascinating look into the dazzling diversity of southern African naming. The unusual scope of this impressive scholarly collaboration makes it an outstanding reference not only for onomastic experts, but also for readers interested in anthropology, economy, sociology, history, geography, literature, and politics."
Dr Iman Laversuch Nick
Sociolinguist at the University of Cologne, Germany; President of the American Name Society and the Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics
"The importance of this volume lies in its focus on the study of names and naming in the southern hemisphere of the African continent in a postcolonial context. The originality and complexity of this book is provided by the exploration of the phenomenon from within, by specialists who have experienced postcolonial onomastic reality, which is not only reflected in anthroponyms and toponyms, but also in literary onomastics and brand names."
Oliviu Felecan
Associate Professor (Reader) at the North University Centre of Baia Mare, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania; co-editor of Onomastics in Contemporary Public Space and Unconventional Anthroponyms: Formation Patterns and Discursive Function