1. Introduction: “Look Out! The Sleeping Locusts Awake”

  1. Jennifer Jackson

Published Online: 16 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118306185.ch1

Political Oratory and Cartooning: An Ethnography of Democratic Processes in Madagascar

Political Oratory and Cartooning: An Ethnography of Democratic Processes in Madagascar

How to Cite

Jackson, J. (2012) Introduction: “Look Out! The Sleeping Locusts Awake”, in Political Oratory and Cartooning: An Ethnography of Democratic Processes in Madagascar, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118306185.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 JAN 2013
  2. Published Print: 27 DEC 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118306062

Online ISBN: 9781118306185

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Keywords:

  • civil society;
  • democracy;
  • kabary politika;
  • language;
  • Madagascar;
  • political cartooning

Summary

This introductory chapter of Political Oratory and Cartooning: An Ethnography of Democratic Processes in Madagascar explains how the chapters in this book are organized. The book is about the possibilities and limits of democracy told through the story of the Ravalomanana administration and the civil society. It focuses on the topic of kabary politika to emphasize it as one of the key modes of communicative practice in today's democratic national politics in Madagascar. Each chapter attends to particular linguistic features and the socially productive aspects of both oratory and cartooning to gauge how they shape and reflect ideologies and aesthetics of language and language users. The book examines stylistic and structural variation in syntax, register, and context as they reflect and produce new kinds of publics and within them enable certain social relations and modes of participation in the public sphere.