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L' édition au Sénégal: bilan et perspectives de développement
Villeurbanne (FR)
107 p.
"Senegal is one of the few sub-Saharan African countries which, since the 1970s, has enjoyed a deliberate government policy to promote books and reading. The government has been keenly aware of the role of books in economic development and, from the period of French colonization, the country has also inherited a publishing tradition. Senegal now has a generally good infrastructure to publish and distribute French-language books, with many publishing houses, research institutes with publishing activities, bookshops, and libraries. However, the author believes that the model adopted since independence, designed to develop the indigenous publishing sector, is not entirely appropriate for the socio-economic realities, and the cultural and linguistic environment of the country. Part 1 of the study provides some historical background and an overview of the book sector and the book professions in Senegal. This is followed, in part 2, by an analysis of current problems and constraints facing the book industries. Part 3 includes an examination of language policies, probes into the current national book policy in Senegal, and offers a range of alternative proposals for the development of the book sector. In her conclusions Fofana calls for a reassessment of the role of the different players in the book chain, and that they ought to seek alternative and innovative methods to promote and distribute books throughout the country. She also calls for more effective development of libraries and distribution mechanisms for books in rural areas, and stresses the need to revitalize publishing in African languages, where Senegal could well benefit from the experiences of African language publishing in other francophone countries in Africa, for example in Mali, Guinea, or Burkina Faso. The book includes an extensive bibliography." (Hans M. Zell, Publishing, Books & Reading in Sub-Saharan Africa, 3d ed. 2008, nr. 894)

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